Game Preview: Rangers @ Capitals

caps-rangers-previewThe Capitals conclude their three game homestand looking to finish with a perfect 3-0 with a win on Friday night against Metropolitan Division rival the New York Rangers.  Tonight’s game is the fifth and final meeting between these teams this season and the 210th regular season meeting of all time.  The Capitals hold a 98-87-18-6 record all-time.

Series Flashback:
This is the 5th and final meeting between the two teams. The Caps are 3-1 this season against the Rangers.  The rivals last met on Sunday January 17th in DC in a game that saw Justin Williams get a hat trick in a 5-2 Washington win.

Scouting Report on the Rangers:
The Rangers are in second place in the Metropolitan Division with a 37-20-6 record with 80 points.  They are five points ahead of New York’s other hockey team, the Islanders.  The Rangers acquired Eric Staal from the Hurricanes on Sunday in exchange for Aleksi Saarela along with two second round picks.  Staal will join his younger brother Marc in Ranger blue for the rest of the season as they look to be a force in the playoffs.

The Blueshirts edged the Blue Jackets 2-1 at The Garden on Monday night in Eric’s debut.  On Thursday night they are in Pittsburgh taking on the Penguins.  Tomorrow night’s game in DC is the second of a back-to-back road trip for the Rangers before hosting the Islanders on Sunday evening.

Scouting Report on the Capitals:
The Capitals rebounded this week after a tough loss in Chicago on Sunday with two big home victories over Pittsburgh and Toronto, both 3-2 final scores.  On Wednesday night, they welcomed back Brooks Laich and the Maple Leafs, who was traded on Sunday night.  Laich, along with prospect Connor Carrick and a second round pick in this year’s draft was traded for Daniel Winnik and a 2016 fifth rounder.

Taylor Chorney got his first goal of the season and Alex Ovechkin lit the lamp to give the Caps a 2-0 lead in the first period.  After the Leafs tied it up, it was déjà vu in the third period as Matt Niskanen got the game-winning power play goal just like he did the previous night vs. Pittsburgh.

The Capitals are 47-12-4 with 98 points and could get their 100th point tomorrow night with a win.  100 points with still just over a month of the regular season left is unprecedented.

NHL Eastern Conference Standings:


Network Information:
You can catch the game locally on CSN+ and nationally on NHL Network.  Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to Game Preview: Rangers @ Capitals

  1. Mark says:

    C’mon Caps! Nail these B*tches tonight!

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