News: Kris Versteeg (lower body) did not participate in the morning skate Sunday, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Analysis: Kris Versteeg was scratched from the Game 1 lineup, and it looks as though that will be the case for Game 2 Sunday. Even if he is healthy enough to go, Versteeg could still end up watching this one as teammate Teuvo Teravainen has taken over the third string duties.
News: Ben Bishop is on track to start Sunday's game against Montreal. Analysis: Ben Bishop, who turned away 43 of 44 shots in a double-overtime win over the Habs in Game 1 of the team's second-round series, will look to continue a roll in which he has won his last three playoff starts, while stopping 96-of-99 shots in the process.
News: Devan Dubnyk is slated to start Sunday's game against the Hawks. Analysis: Devan Dubnyk, who stopped 31 of 35 shots in Friday's 4-3 loss to Chicago, will look to get back on the winning track in Game 2 of the team's second-round series on Sunday. During the regular season, the Vezina Trophy finalist logged a 27-9-2 record in 39 appearances in a Minnesota uniform, to go along with a 1.78 GAA and .936 save percentage.
News: Nate Schmidt was recalled from AHL Hershey on Sunday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: It's not apparent whether or not any injury within the Capitals' defensemen ranks is the reason for Nate Schmidt's call-up, but he'll nonetheless provide coach Barry Trotz will another option on the back end should he decided to opt for a lineup change in Game 3. Schmidt tallied four points over his 39 regular-season games with the Capitals.
News: Rick Nash collected an assist and put four shots on net in Saturday's win over the Capitals. Analysis: In addition to getting a secondary helper on Derick Brassard's game-winner, Rick Nash had an indirect hand in Dan Boyle's first-period tally. Nash's imposing presence in front of the net following a poor clearing attempt by the Capitals defense seemed to fluster goalie Braden Holtby, who lost track of Boyle on the shot. The winger, who has one goal and five points over seven playoff games, should continue to make an impact throughout the series.
News: Alex Galchenyuk took three minor penalties and missed a couple of scoring chances during Friday's double-overtime loss to Tampa Bay, the Montreal Gazette reports. The struggling young forward was removed from the power-play unit Friday and for a brief spell was demoted to fourth-line duty. Analysis: Alex Galchenyuk, who opened the first-round series against Ottawa with points in the first two games, has been silent since. Head coach Michel Therrien continues to preach patience in the development of Galchenyuk and rejected the notion of some tough love, such as making him a healthy scratch for a game or two. Still, this is his third NHL season and the Habs are waiting to see some consistency from the 21-year-old.
News: Dan Boyle picked up a power-play goal Saturday in a 3-2 win over the Capitals. It's his first goal of the postseason. Analysis: He caught a break when the Caps hit the referee when they attempted to clear the puck. The biscuit stayed in the zone, trickled to Dan Boyle and he pounded it through a screen and into the top corner. He played 17:41 and looks no worse for wear after that hit at end of Game 1.
News: Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Capitals. The series is now tied 1-1. Analysis: He wasn't really busy in the first when the Rangers out-shot the Caps 15-4 and made a couple of great saves in a busier second. He was beaten in the third by a sprawling Alexander Ovechkin, whose seeing-eye shot went shelf over King Henrik's right shoulder as the winger hit the ice. But he bricked up the net in late in the third when the Caps put on the pressure.
News: Joel Ward's postseason production continued Saturday when he picked up an assist in the Capitals' 3-2 loss to the Rangers. He now has six points in his last seven games. Analysis: Clutch -- that's the best way to describe his work these days. He has a history of going on scoring streaks and he certainly seems to enjoy playing alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. We sure hope you snapped him up in your playoff pool. He's been worth every penny.
News: Braden Holtby made 32 saves in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Rangers. Their series is now tied at one game each. Analysis: His teammates didn't play a consistent game in front of him and the score was somewhat generous -- the Caps were flat-out dominated in the first period and were outshot 15-4. And they had to kill off three penalties in the first alone. Braden Holtby was outstanding and should be pumped to return to Washington with the series tied.