Henrik Lundqvist (2-2, 2.44 GAA) vs. Braden Holtby (2-2, 2.20 GAA) as #NYR and #Capitals take ice for Game 5 warmups.
Holtby allowed four goals on 34 shots and was bested by Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers 4-3. He only allowed one goal in the first two games of the series combined (at home), but has allowed eight in the last two (on the road). They Head back to Washington tonight where Holtby will look to get the Capitals back on track.
Tom Wilson will play on #Caps 4th line with Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle in Game 5 vs. #NYR
With Martin Erat out Wilson will make his NHL debut in a huge Game 5 between the Capitals and Rangers. He had 23 goals and 35 assists in 48 games with the Plymouth Whalers. He also had 17 points in 12 playoff games.
Holtby allowed four goals on 30 shots in the Game 3 loss in New York. He was stellar through the first two games of the series so I would expect him to bounce back in Game 4 as the Capitals look to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7.
Holtby stopped all 24 shots in a Game 2 shutout win over the Rangers. He has been great through the first two games of the series. His 0.47 GAA and .983 SV% both rank first amongst goalies in the playoffs. A win tonight will give the Caps a 3-0 lead and a stranglehold on the series.
Holtby was excellent in Game 1 stopping 35 of 36 shots in the 3-1 win over the Rangers. He out-duled 'King' Henrik in the first game and will need to do that in each game for the Capitals to come out on top.
Holtby is entering the playoffs on a tear. He is 17-5-1 with a 2.22 GAA and .931 SV% in his last 23 starts. He will see the New York Rangers in the first round. He was 1-2-0 with a 2.71 GAA and .923 SV% in three starts vs. the Rangers this season.
Brooks Laich underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia earlier this month after re-injuring his groin, according to a team source familiar with the forward’s recovery process.
Laich has missed all but nine games this season with a nagging groin injury but there’s optimism within the organization that he could return to the Capitals’ lineup in time for a second-round playoff series or even sooner.