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Eastern Quarterfinals Game 2: Rangers at Capitals

OPPONENT: Washington Capitals

SERIES: Wasington leads the series 1-0.


GOALIE: Michal Neuvirth (0.77 GAA, .960 SV%)


Vinny Prospal-Erik Christensen-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Derek Stepan-Ruslan Fedotenko
Wojtek Wolski-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Chris Drury-Artem Anisimov-Sean Avery

Marc Staal-Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh-Mike Sauer
Bryan McCabe-Matt Gilroy

Henrik Lundqvist
Chad Johnson

Scratched tonight: Derek Boogaard (concussion symptoms), Alex Frolov (knee), Martin Biron (collarbone), Ryan Callahan (ankle), Mats Zuccarello (healthy), and Steve Eminger (healthy)

STATE OF THE BLUESHIRTS: The Rangers were dominated physically in the first game of the series.  That physical domination led to a gassed team in overtime, and the Caps took the game 2-1.  Tonight, the Rangers look to match that physicality by bringing Sean Avery back to the lineup.  The Rangers can ill afford to go to MSG down 0-2, so expect them to come out firing on all cylinders.  This game is a must win, or it can become a very short series.

CRAZY THOUGHT: Lundqvist gets the shutout.

OPPONENT’S BLOG: Capitals Insider

PREDICTION: Rangers 2, Caps 0

The game is at 7:30pm on MSG, and on 1050AM on your radio.