RANGERS (2-2-0) at CAPITALS (3-0-1)
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Rangers team scope
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start for the New York Rangers against the Washington Capitals on Saturday in the first game of a back-to-back. The Rangers, who did not conduct a morning skate, will host the Arizona Coyotes at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Coach Alain Vigneault shuffled lines in practice on Friday but said he hadn't decided if he would stick with them for Saturday. Mats Zuccarello moved up to play with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad, Rick Nash played with Derek Stepan and Jimmy Vesey, Michael Grabner was moved to a line with Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast was slotted in beside Josh Jooris and Brandon Pirri. "I just wanted to get a look [Friday] morning at maybe trying [Zuccarello] with Mika," Vigneault told the Rangers website Friday. "I'm not 100 percent sure if we'll go that way. [Stepan] and [Nash] do play together shorthanded, they have played together a lot in the past." Kreider and Zibanejad have combined for 12 points in four games.
Capitals team scope
The Capitals have won three consecutive games and have allowed six goals in four games. Goalie Braden Holtby will start. Washington's lineup changes were minimal at its morning skate Saturday. Rookie forward Zachary Sanford will replace Brett Connolly at third line left wing. Coach Barry Trotz has said he will continue to rotate the two forwards in and out of the lineup. "I just try and give them a couple games when I do pull them out so that they can get some traction," Trotz said. "They've both been playing well. I want to keep everybody a part of that."
Rangers projected lineup
Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Mats Zuccarello
Jimmy Vesey -- Derek Stepan -- Rick Nash
J.T. Miller -- Kevin Hayes -- Michael Grabner
Jesper Fast -- Josh Jooris -- Brandon Pirri
Ryan McDonagh -- Nick Holden
Marc Staal -- Kevin Klein
Brady Skjei -- Adam Clendening
Scratched: Dylan McIlrath
Injured: Dan Girardi (hip flexor), Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms), Oscar Lindberg (hip surgery)
Capitals projected lineup
Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- T.J. Oshie
Andre Burakovsky -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Marcus Johansson
Zachary Sanford -- Lars Eller -- Justin Williams
Daniel Winnik -- Jay Beagle -- Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner -- Matt Niskanen
Dmitry Orlov -- John Carlson
Brooks Orpik -- Nate Schmidt
Scratched: Brett Connolly, Taylor Chorney
Buchnevich is still day-to-day and did not travel with the Rangers to Washington. … Vigneault mentioned the possibility Girardi could play in one of the Rangers' two games this weekend, but Girardi said Saturday he was not playing against the Capitals . He skated with McIlrath, Raanta and two coaches Saturday morning. … Winnik injured his right ear when he dropped to the ice to block a shot in Washington's 4-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Thursday. He didn't need stitches, just a little glue to hold the ear together. "The puck hit basically half the ear, maybe a little more ear and helmet," said Winnik, who will play Saturday. "I was very fortunate it wasn't way worse."
Kreider has seven points (three goals, four assists) in four games. Zibanejad has five points (two goals, three assists) in four games. … Johansson has four points (one goal, three assists) in four games.