Cam Talbot will be back in net for the Rangers today. Talbot did not play Saturday after franchise goalie Henrik Lundqvist returned from his vascular injury, which had sidelined him since the beginning of February. Talbot is 20-8-4 this season and has a .928 Save Percentage. Rick Nash scored his first goal since March 10th in yesterday's loss to the Bruins. The goal was Nash's 40th of the year, and one more would tie him for the most in his career, which was achieved back when Nash was with the Columbus Blue Jackets. No injured Rangers will be scheduled to return on Sunday, as Martin St. Louis remains out with a knee injury and Kevin Klein is still recovering from a hand injury which he sustained the last time the Rangers played the Capitals.
The Washington Capitals are coming off a tough 4-3 loss to the Predators in which they trailed for the entire game. The Predators jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, which led to Capitals starting goalie Braden Holtby being pulled in favor of backup Justin Peters. Holtby will be expected back in net for Sunday's game, which will be his 66th start this season, which lead's the NHL. Holtby is 36-19-9 and has a .925 Save Percentage. Holtby has led the Capitals back into the playoff race this year. Alexander Ovechkin, who is the NHL's leading scorer with 47 goals, does not have a point in his last three games. Nicklas Backstrom is second in the NHL with 54 assists, and plays on the top line with Ovechkin. After Sunday's game against the Rangers, the Capitals next four games will be the Hurricanes, Canadiens, Senators, and the Red Wings. The Capitals know the importance of tomorrow's game, as a win would pull them within a point of the Penguins and Islanders for either second or third in the Metropolitan Division. Both the Penguins and Islanders are in action on Sunday as well, with the Islanders taking on Detroit and the Penguins hosting the San Jose Sharks.
The Rangers will look to bounce back from their terrible loss on Saturday, in which they lost to the Boston Bruins 4-2 in Henrik Lundqvist's return to the net. The good news for the Rangers heading into Sunday is that Rick Nash found the back of the net for the first time in a while on Sunday. It will also be interesting to see how defensemen Dan Boyle, Matt Hunwick, and Keith Yandle play, as I thought that they didn't have their bests game on Saturday. This game is a huge bounce back game for the Rangers, as they have to show that they're still one of the best teams in league, and that they can bounce back from tough losses. The Rangers have not lost back to back games since two games on February 7th & 8th.
Players to Watch:
Rangers: Kevin Hayes is a player who has played so well for the Rangers this year during his rookie season. Hayes has proved that he can play both center and the wing position, and he has been able to make the players around him better. The line of him, Hagelin, and Fast has really played well since being put together, so look for that line, especially Hayes, to try and come up big for the Rangers.
Capitals: Braden Holtby is a huge reason why the Capitals are most likely heading back to the playoffs. Holtby however was pulled in Saturday's loss to the Predators, so look for Holtby to try and have a big game for the Capitals on Sunday.
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