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To absolutely no one's surprise, Henrik Lundqvist will get the call in goal this afternoon from head coach John Tortorella. Lundqvist, regarded by many as the best goalie on the planet, has been nominated for both the Hart and Vezina trophies this year and has carried a 1.70 GAA, .945 save percentage, and one shutout in the playoffs so far. Outside the crease, the Rangers have several injuries. Center Brian Boyle has a concussion at the moment and is questionable after skating in practice on Friday, while center Brandon Dubinsky is also questionable with an undisclosed ailment. Captain and winger Ryan Callahan, though he is technically "day-to-day" with a finger injury, will play.
Dale Hunter will continue to roll with Braden Holtby in goal following his stellar performance in the first round. Holtby, who was in the AHL most of this year, was instrumental in bouncing the Cup champs in the first round, posting an even 2.00 GAA and .940 save percentage despite being thrown in to the lion's den, so to speak. The Capitals currently do not have any disclosed injuries to speak of, and are almost certain to keep their lineup intact from Wednesday's game seven win over the Bruins. That means Jeff Halpern, Mathieu Perreault, and Mattias Sjogren will be scratched among forwards, while John Erskine and Dmitry Orlov will be relegated to the press box among defensemen.
Puck drops 3:13-ish. As always, follow me on Twitter here for news and updates.