|Time to pick it up...|
John Tortorella will go with his backup, Martin Biron, in goal against the Caps tonight. Though Biron is certainly number two behind Henrik Lundqvist, he has been spectacular this year nonetheless: a 7-1-0 record, 1.84 GAA, .933 save percentage, and one shutout. He is 11-8-1 against Washington in his career, but has never faced them as a member of the Rangers. Outside the crease, the Rangers are missing three players to long term injuries: defensemen Michael Sauer and Marc Staal (both have concussions) and winger Wojtek Wolski (groin).
Tomas Vokoun is expected to make his first start for Dale Hunter tonight in more than two weeks. Vokoun, who appeared in relief of a dreadful Michal Neuvirth on Monday night, is 12-8 on the year with a 2.75 GAA, .907 save percentage, and one shutout. On the injury front, Mike Green is almost certainly out with a groin injury, though he practiced Tuesday and could be nearing a return. Jay Beagle will make his return to the lineup after a nearly three month long absence, replacing Mathieu Perreault on the fourth line. As of now, there is no reason to expect Jeff Schultz to get a sweater over either Roman Hamrlik or John Erskine, though he deserves it.
Gametime tonight is 7:39.