I’m speculating, or taking an educated guess here, that Brian Boyle will play. Actually, it’s a little bit more than speculation or a guess. Unless Boyle isn’t feeling well this evening, or during or after warmups.
That would mean that Steve Eminger comes out … unless he replaces Stu Bickel. I think Bickel stays in, though. Brandon Dubinsky did not skate again today and remains out.
The Capitals “demoted” Alexander Semin to the fourth line for practice yesterday, but I believe he will be up on one of the top two lines at the start of Game 2, if not at some point in the first period. That was Dale Hunter sending a message to his enigmatic forward. Maybe he should have just cross-checked him from behind after a whistle.
FWIW (which is nothing), the Rangers in Game 2s — well, they lost Game 2 against Ottawa, and lost Game 2 against Washington last year, and won their only Game 2 in 2009, were 1-1 in Game 2s in ’08 and ’07. Lost Game 2 in ’06 … won all three Game 2s in ’97 (notice the gap between playoffs), went 1-1 in Game 2s in ’96 and ’95, and won all four Game 2s in ’94.
I still think it will be 1-1 after Game 2. Sorry in advance.
By the way, The New Yorker made mention of our use of “Blockness Monster.” How awesome is that?
Let’s Go Tony!