After knotting up this series at 2-2, the New York Rangers will travel into Washington, DC for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Tonight is yet another huge game, as the Rangers have the opportunity to take their first series lead of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with a win tonight. The away team has yet to win a game in this series, which makes this game all the more important.
New York Rangers (#6 Seed) vs Washington Capitals (#3 Seed)
Series Score: 2-2 TIED
Verizon Center - Washington, DC - 7:30 PM
Television: MSG, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2 | Radio: ESPN NY 98.7
Opponent's Blog: Japers' Rink | Tickets: New York Rangers Playoff Tickets
Some Quick Thoughts:
- Marc Staal will be out of the lineup once again tonight as he is still dealing with blurred vision from his eye injury. Staal did play in Game 3, but didn't feel like he was comfortable enough to resume in Game 4, or tonight.
- With Staal out, the Rangers will be going with the same lineup as they did in Game 5. There hasn't been any confirmation on what the lines with be, but it's safe to say they will likely be similar to the Projected Lineup down below.
- Derick Brassard is currently on a two-game point streak, where he has compiled a total of one goal, and four assists. Brassard was a big reason why the Rangers were able to win those last two games, and he needs to continue that dominance tonight.
Rick Nash - Derek Stepan - Ryan Callahan
Brian Boyle - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello
Taylor Pyatt - Brad Richards - Carl Hagelin
Ryane Clowe - Derek Dorsett - Arron Asham
Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
John Moore - Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto - Steve Eminger
Scratches: Marc Staal (upper-body), Darroll Powe (upper-body), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Roman Hamrlik (healthy).