|And so, it will come to a close...|
As he has for every Rangers playoff game in the last seven years, Henrik Lundqvist will get the call in goal from head coach John Tortorella, who told reporters Wednesday night that his team "sucked" more than four times. Lundqvist, however, has been excellent, making some great saves to keep his team in games and posting a 1.73 GAA, .936 save percentage, and one shutout over his 13 playoff starts. Outside the crease, the Rangers will be without two forwards, as center Brandon Dubinsky (leg) has yet to resume skating and winger Mats Zuccarello Aasen is absent with a wrist injury; neither player has played in this series for New York.
Braden Holtby, the MVP of Washington's playoff run so far, will start in goal for the Caps. Holtby, a 22 year old rookie from small town Saskatchewan, has posted a 1.95 GAA and .935 save percentage in his 13 playoff starts. On the injury front, center Jay Beagle has to be considered questionable at best heading in to the game with what is being described as a leg injury; Beagle missed game six after taking a slap shot off the knee in the later stages of game five. If Beagle is unable to play, expect no lineup changes, which means Jeff Halpern plays; if he can, my guess is that Halpern would come out. Regardless, expect Mathieu Perreault and Mattias Sjogren to be scratched up front and Dmitry Orlov and John Erskine to remain benched among defensemen.
Puck drops 7:42-ish. As always, follow me on Twitter here for news and updates.