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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Capitals Game 3 Preview: Can Washington Defend Home Ice?

The Washington Capitals were able to earn a split in their two games on the road at Madison Square Garden to start their series against the Rangers, and now they head back home where they should have some home ice advantage. But Katie Carrera of the Washington Post warns that may not be the case, or at least it hasn't proved to be the case so far in these Playoffs.

But if there’s one thing this spring’s Stanley Cup playoffs have shown, it’s that home ice is an advantage in name only and comes with no guarantees. Road squads are 34-21 this postseason through Monday’s games. Through nine postseason contests, the Capitals are 4-2 on the road and 1-2 at home.

While their results on the road have been impressive, they need to defend the Verizon Center ice if they want to make it out of this series against the top seeded Rangers.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates throughout the Capitals and Rangers Eastern Conference semifinal series. For more news and analysis on the Caps, visit Japers' Rink. For the opponent's perspective during the series, visit Blueshirt Banter. And for all your news on the NHL Playoffs, check out SB Nation's NHL hub.