Good morning from Arlington. As the Caps take to the ice to prepare for their Game 2 matchup against the Rangers at Verizon Center tonight, below are a few notes regarding the personnel skating this morning:
The Caps spent the first part of practice running drills with familiar line combinations skating together. Based on the way that the players were teaming up this morning, it appears as though Coach Bruce Boudreau will stick with the Game 1 lineup noted below:
The ice was once again crowded this morning with nine defensemen out there in dark jerseys, as Tom Poti, Sean Collins, and Tyler Sloan joined Wednesday night's starters out on the ice. Dennis Wideman participated in skating drills on his own prior to practice, which is a good sign that the defenseman is on track to rejoin the team in the near future following his recent discharge from the hospital.
As expected, Michal Neuvirth was the first goaltender off of the ice this morning, as he prepares to make his second consecutive start. It will also be his second career NHL playoff start following his strong outing in Game 1 in which he stopped 24 of 25 shots for a 0.960 save percentage.
As noted above, it appears as thought he lineup for Game 2 will be the same as the fist game of the series. Eric Fehr, D.J. King, Jay Beagle, Tom Poti, Tyler Sloan, and Sean Collins remained on the ice after the morning skate. Semyon Varlamov also stayed out to work with goalie coach Arturs Irbe and to man the net during the drills for the rest of tonight's scratches.
That's all from KCI this morning. Be sure to visit Andy Green's full breakdown of the Game 2 matchup, including insight into how the Caps can look to wear down the Rangers D and what to expect out of Alexander Semin now that he's skating with two new linemates.