The Rangers have announced that Brady Skjei and Nick Holden will not play tonight against the Capitals.
Those two players join Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh and Jesper Fast as players who are sitting tonight.
The Rangers will use the lines they practiced with yesterday to start the game.
The Rangers will use the following defense pairs against the Caps:
- Marc Staal, Kevin Klein
- Brendan Smith, Dan Girardi
- Adam Clendening, Steve Kampfer
Alain Vigneault said that all six players could play if need be and should all be ready for Game 1. (Zipay)
Adam Rotter: Whether it's to rest players, to heal players or both, the Rangers are both doing the right thing in terms of getting their core guys ready for the playoffs. I'd assume the bulk of these guys will return for at least one of the two weekend games because otherwise they will go a little over a week between games and you don't want to spend the first period of Game 1 in Montreal kicking off the rust.