Caps-Rangers Game 2 primer

Caps-Rangers Game 2 primer
April 30, 2012, 5:02 pm
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News and notes as the Capitals and Rangers prepare for tonights 7:30 faceoff in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden:

Schultz up, Semin down: Caps defenseman Jeff Schultz practiced alongside Dennis Wideman and Capitals coach Dale Hunter confirmed he will be in the lineup tonight after sitting out Game 1 in favor of John Erskine.

Right wing Alexander Semin minus-1, two minor penalties in Game 1 remained on a fourth line with center Keith Aucoin and left wing Mike Knuble and is expected to start the game there tonight.

Ovi on the right?: Alex Ovechkin took some line rushes on the right side of center Brooks Laich and left wing Troy Brouwer. If Ovecvhkin plays on the right side tonight it will be an attempt to have him up against Ryan McDonagh and away from Dan Girardi.

Boyle back?: Rangers 6-foot-7, 244-pound center Brian Boyle took part in the teams morning skate and could return to the lineup after missing the past three games with a concussion. Boyle scored three goals in his first five playoff games before Ottawas Chris Neil knocked him out of Game 5.

I feel pretty good, Boyle said. I have no idea whats going to happen. This is my first time through it, so honestly, I don't know. Its ultimately my call, I think, to let them know Im ready to play. After that, its coach John Tortorellas call what the lineup is.

Historically speaking: In their playoff history, the Capitals are 9-10 when losing Game 1. But when they have followed a Game 1 loss with a Game 2 victory, the Caps are 8-3 in their playoff history and have won eight of the last nine playoff series in which that sequence occurred. Conversely, they are 1-7 when falling behind 0-2 in a series.

Yankee fever: About a dozen Capitals spent Sunday afternoon watching the Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 6-2 at Yankee Stadium.