The Rangers are missing three of their best skaters and the couch that they’re resting on. I am, however, a little nervous about McDonagh, who actually did get injured late in a game and hasn’t played since. They can call it maintenance all they want, but I’m not so sure that I believe them, especially at this time of the season. Skjei and Holden were also just added as late scratches for rest, bringing in the Gerund and Kampfer (does he have a nickname?). I have a feeling that if the Rangers could just forfeit the next three games, they would.
They’re playing against a Capitals team that has almost as little to play for on the second night of a back to back, third in four nights, and their first home game after a five game road trip. Should be a pretty low intensity game as neither team is looking to get banged up before the playoffs in a meaningless game.