|The Caps must agitate Henrik Lundqvist in a pivotal game.|
Henrik Lundqvist will get the call in goal for New York, to absolutely no one's surprise. Lundqvist, nominated for both the Hart and Vezina Trophies this year, was stellar on Wednesday, making 45 saves in that three overtime game, including several stellar ones to keep the Caps from ending the game. In the playoffs all told, Lundqvist has a 1.55 GAA, .944 save percentage, and one shutout. Outside the crease, New York will almost certainly be without center Brandon Dubinsky, who has not played in this series with a leg injury and has not skated extensively. After a win in game three, there is no reason to expect any other lineup changes from John Tortorella.
Dale Hunter will go with Braden Holtby in goal, just as he has in all ten previous playoff games. The rookie goaltender, who has become a huge story with his unorthodox practices and big game saves, has helped carry the Capitals to this point with a 1.94 GAA and .935 save percentage; he made 47 saves on 49 shots in Wednesday's loss. The Capitals do not have any disclosed injuries at the moment, and following practice on Friday, it is almost a sure bet that the lineup will be unchanged. That means Dmitry Orlov and John Erskine out on the back end and Mattias Sjogren, Mathieu Perreault, and Jeff Halpern scratched among the forwards.
Puck drops 12:45-ish. As always, follow me on Twitter here for news and updates.