Capitals Given Tough Injury News Ahead of Game 2

The Washington Capitals are preparing for a big Game 2 matchup against the New York Rangers on Tuesday. After losing Game 1, this contest is extremely important for them to win, as going down 2-0 to a legitimate contender like the Rangers will put them in a very difficult position. 

Unfortunately for the Capitals, it appears that their blueline will be without two of their key defenders. According to Emily Kaplan of ESPN, defensemen Nick Jensen and Rasmus Sandin were both in light blue no-contact jerseys. This means that both defenders won't be in the lineup against the Blueshirts. 

Jensen, 33, was a game-time decision for the Capitals for Game 1 against the Rangers but did not play. He has been dealing with an upper-body injury, and it appears that he is still not good to go for Game 2. Given the fact that he is a key shutdown defenseman on their club, this is far from good news. In 78 games this season, he had one goal to go along with 14 points. 

Sandin, 24, has also been dealing with an injury and missed Game 1. Sandin provided solid offense from the point this season for the Caps, as he had three goals and 23 points in 68 games. They have missed him in their lineup, and now they will need to continue to adjust without him against the Rangers in Game 2. 

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