|It's a big one for the Caps today.|
Henrik Lundqvist, who made 31 saves in that win over the Flyers on Saturday, seems likely to get the call from John Tortorella in goal. Lunqvist has been the best goalie in the league so far this year, posting a 25-11-4 record, 1.81 GAA, .939 save percentage, and six shutouts on his campaign. He made 18 saves in a 6-3 win for his team the only other time he has faced the Caps this year. Outside the crease, the Rangers are only missing two minor players for today's game, as winger Ruslan Fedotenko (undisclosed) and defenseman Michael Sauer (concussion) will both be absent.
Tomas Vokoun should start for Dale Hunter after allowing 2 goals on 27 shots in his last outing against the Jets. Vokoun is 22-13-2 on the year with a 2.40 GAA, .920 save percentage, and four shutouts on the year, and has been a backbone for the Capitals over the last seven weeks. On the injury front, both Mike Green (sports hernia surgery) and Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) are out and will not play. After being scratched for Thursday's loss, forward Mike Knuble seems likely to remain in the press box, as he has apparently fallen out of favor with Hunter. John Erskine, absent for well over a week as a healthy scratch, will probably remain so this evening.
Puck drops 12:38-ish. Check back later.