An early look at the upcoming NHL Second Round series

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Now that we've wrapped up Round 1 of the NHL playoffs, Stats & Info takes a look at what's in store for Round 2.

Penguins vs Capitals

2016-17 season series: Capitals (2-0-2)

Last playoff series: 2016 Second Round (Penguins 4-2)

Key storyline: Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin meet for the third time in a playoff series. Pittsburgh won the previous two in 2009 and 2016.

Key stat: The Penguins have won four Stanley Cup titles. They've knocked out the Capitals on the way to all four of them.

Senators vs Rangers

2016-17 season series: Senators (2-1-0)

Last playoff series: 2012 Conference Quarterfinals (Rangers 4-3)

Key storyline: Derick Brassard and Mika Zibanejad were traded for each other last summer. Brassard has a sterling postseason reputation ("Big Game Brass") and notched eight points in the Senators' first-round win over the Bruins. Zibanejad scored the Rangers' biggest goal to date, the overtime winner in Game 5 at Montreal.

Key stat: The Rangers have 44 postseason wins since 2012. Only the Blackhawks (48) have more.

Predators vs Blues

2016-17 season series: Predators (3-2-0)

Last playoff series: first meeting

Key storyline: Two teams better known for early-round exits knocked out the top two teams in the Western Conference in the first round. The Predators swept the Blackhawks, while the Blues took out the Wild in five games.

Key stat: The Blues haven't reached a Stanley Cup Final since going in the first three years of the team's existence (1968-70).

Oilers vs Ducks

2016-17 season series: Oilers (3-2-0)

Last playoff series: 2006 Conference Finals (Oilers 4-1)

Key storyline: The Oilers defeated the Sharks in the first round, their first playoff series win since the 2006 Western Conference Finals against Anaheim. That was the last season for the Mighty Ducks before they shortened their name.

Key stat: Connor McDavid had a team-high four points in the first-round win over San Jose. Sidney Crosby had a team-high five points in his first career playoff series, a 2007 loss to the Senators in five games.