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Caps sticking with lineup, Rangers making changes

by Dave Lozo

One look at the likely lineups for the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers heading into their matchup Sunday at Madison Square Garden shows how things are going for each team.

The Capitals are coming off two straight road wins against the Winnipeg Jets -- 4-0 on Thursday and 6-1 on Friday -- and won’t make any lineup changes.

The Rangers, however, made two moves in the wake of their 3-1 home loss Thursday to the Florida Panthers, the NHL's 30th-place team. Fourth-line center Jeff Halpern was placed on waivers and claimed by the Montreal Canadiens, and Stu Bickel, who has split time on defense and at forward, also was placed on waivers.

Forward Kris Newbury was recalled from Connecticut of the American Hockey League and could find himself on a line with Chris Kreider, as the two worked well together during their time together with the Whale. Arron Asham is healed from a back injury that has sidelined him for more than a month and could be back against the Capitals.

Rookie J.T. Miller has a sore wrist and is doubtful to play. The Rangers haven't ruled him out, but he stayed on the ice after practice Sunday, a strong indicator he won't play.

Here are the potential lineups for each team, with the Capitals' group being a pretty sure thing while the Rangers' lineup is more guesswork:


Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

Brooks Laich - Mike Ribeiro - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Mathieu Perreault - Eric Fehr

Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Joel Ward

Jack Hillen - John Carlson

Karl Alzner - Steve Oleksy

Dmitry Orlov - Mike Green

Braden Holtby

Michal Neuvirth

Injured: John Erskine (arm), Tomas Kundratek (knee)

Scratched: Jeff Schultz, Aaron Volpatti, Wojtek Wolski


Rick Nash - Brad Richards - Marian Gaborik???

Carl Hagelin - Derek Stepan - Ryan Callahan???

Chris Kreider - Kris Newbury - Darroll Powe

Taylor Pyatt - Brian Boyle - Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi?????????

Michael Del Zotto - Steve Eminger?????????

Roman Hamrlik - Anton Stralman

Henrik Lundqvist

Martin Biron

Injured: Marc Staal (eye), J.T. Miller (wrist)

Scratched: Matt Gilroy

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