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Game 65: Washington…..Ruh roh

Game 65 is against the President’s Trophy winning (pretty much locked up already) Washington Capitals.

There will be no Henrik Lundqvist. There will be no Rick Nash.

Rut roh.

Caps Systems

Under Barry Trotz the Caps run a 1-1-3 lock or a 1-2-2 forecheck, which they use aggressively or conservatively depending on the game situation (e.g., puck location, the score, etc.). In the defensive zone, Trotz runs your standard zone defense. On special teams, the Caps employ a 1-3-1 power play, and a diamond/box hybrid penalty kill depending on puck location and opposition setup.

Caps Lines

Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie
Andre Burakovsky-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Justin Williams
Jason Chimera-Marcus Johansson-Tom Wilson
Daniel Winnik-Mike Richards-Jay Beagle

Karl Alzner-Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik-Dmitry Orlov
Mike Weber-Taylor Chorney

PP1: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Oshie-Johanssen-Niskanen
PP2: Kuznetsov-Burakovsky-Williams-Orlov-Niskanen

PK: Winnik, Oshie, Wilson, Backstrom, Williams, Orpik, Niskanen, Alzner

Braden Holtby gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris KreiderDerek StepanMats Zuccarello
JT MillerDerick BrassardJesper Fast
Viktor StalbergEric StaalKevin Hayes
Oscar LindbergDominic MooreTanner Glass

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Keith YandleKevin Klein
Dan BoyleDylan McIlrath

PP1: Yandle-Klein-Miller-Hayes-Fast
PP2: Zucc-Boyle-Kreider-Stepan-Brassard

PK: Stepan, Moore, Lindberg, Fast, Glass, McDonagh, Staal, Klein, Girardi

Antti Raanta gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Rick Nash (leg), Marc Staal (flu), Henrik Lundqvist (neck)

Crazy Prediction: Eric Staal gets his first as a Ranger

Be sure to check out our ticket link if you’re looking for tickets to the game. Game time is 7pm on MSG. All gifs will be on