|This matchup is key if the Caps are to have a chance.|
Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal for New York after allowing one goal on 18 shots in a nice performance Saturday. Lundqvist, nominated for both the Vezina and Hart Trophies this season, has a 1.62 GAA, .945 save percentage, and one shutout in these playoffs. Outside the crease, the Rangers are almost certain to be without center Brandon Dubinsky, who has a hurt leg and was seen on crutches on Sunday in New York. Center Brian Boyle is questionable with a concussion, though he did skate on Sunday and could return to the lineup for the first time since the middle of the first round.
Dale Hunter seems likely to turn to Braden Holtby once more in goal despite a decidedly poor performance in game one from the rookie goaltender, in which he allowed three goals on 14 shots. In the playoffs so far, Holtby has a 2.13 GAA and .931 save percentage; he needs to return to those numbers for the Caps to have a chance in this game. The Caps to not have any disclosed injuries on their team at the moment, and based on practice Sunday, it looks as though the lineup will change a bit. Expect Jeff Schultz in with Dennis Wideman on the back end, bumping John Erskine to the press box with fellow defenseman Dmitry Orlov. The forwards will probably stay the same, meaning that Mattias Sjogren, Jeff Halpern, and Mathieu Perreault will all be scratched.
Puck drops 7:42-ish. No recap from me tonight because of school obligations.
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