|A familiar foe for April as the Caps close out their 82.|
Henrik Lundqvist seems likely to get the call from Jon Tortorella after being rested in the Rangers' last game because of a minor hand injury. Lundqvist, who is the favorite to walk away with the Vezina Trophy this evening, is 39-17-5 on the year with a 1.93 GAA, .931 save percentage, and eight shutouts; he beat the Capitals the last time he faced them by stopping 24 of 26 shots. Outside the crease, center Derek Stepan is questionable with a knee injury suffered on Thursday, but other than that, the Rangers have no injuries. Whether Tortorella decides to rest a few of his stars, however, is up in the air.
Dale Hunter has been forced to go with Braden Holtby for this game, as both of his top two goalies are injured. Holtby earned the win in Washington's last game, making 12 saves on 14 shots, and is 3-2-1 on the year with a 2.79 GAA, .910 save percentage, and one shutout. On the injury front, both defenseman Mike Green (illness) and Troy Brouwer (undisclosed) have to be considered questionable after both missing practice on Friday and nothing for the Capitals to play for. Depending on the status of those two players, Joel Ward, Jeff Halpern, or Cody Eakin could get a chance up front, as could Jeff Schultz in back. Regardless, expect John Erskine to not play.
Puck drops 6:38-ish. As always, follow me on Twitter here for news and updates.