Based on last two practices:
Vinny Prospal-Artem Anisimov- Marian Gaborik; Brandon Dubinsky-Derek Stepan-Ruslan Fedotenko; Wojtek Wolski-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust; Mats Zuccarello-Erik Christensen-Chris Drury. But I could really envision switches in the second period or so, as the Caps will have matchup edge at home....
Defense: Marc Staal-Dan Girardi; Ryan McDonagh-Michael Sauer; Bryan McCabe-Matt Gilroy.
Before each game, we'll give you some random things to keep an eye on besides the switches noted above:
1. See if the Rangers test rookie Michal Neuvirth with shots from all angles.
2. The Rangers penalty-kill must be excellent. Giving up more than one goal would be fatal.
3. Refs are Dan O'Halloran and Brian Pochmara. O'Halloran has officiated maybe a half-dozen Rangers games this season and I don't remember any hideous ones.
4. Since 2006, teams winning Game 1 of the first round are 27-13 (.675) in those series