Lars Eller Said He Is “Available To Play Tonight”: Notes From Capitals’ Morning Skate In New York City


The Washington Capitals made their way to New York City yesterday afternoon ahead of their game against the Rangers tonight. The team will be in the New York metro area for a week with games against the Islanders and the Devils over the next seven days. Puck drop for tonight’s game against the Rangers is 7:00 PM. Here’s the latest from game day morning skate at Madison Square Garden.

The Capitals face the New York Rangers tonight for the sixth time this season (2-3-0). The Capitals have a record of 23-7-4 and 50 standings points, which leads the East Division and is tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the most points in the NHL. [Game Notes]

MORNING SKATE

Lars Eller skated with the team this morning. He said he is available to play tonight. He has missed the last seven games due to a lower body injury.

Eller said he suffered an injury to a “different area” when he was rehabbing his previous injury. Laviolatte said he would be a game time decision.

Igor Shesterkin will start in goal for the Rangers tonight.

East Division goaltenders thru games completed on 3/29.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY

Lars Eller

Garnet Hathaway

Coach Laviolette

CAPITALS vs. RANGERS
Possession metrics for the first five meetings between the Capitals and Rangers. (data via Natural Stat Trick).

 

SHAVINGS

  • Washington reached 50 points in 34 games this season, the third-fewest games needed to reach 50 points in a season in franchise history (2015-16: 32 games; 2019-20: 33 games).
  • The Capitals’ .735 point percentage, which equates to 120 points over an 82-game season, is tied for the second-highest in the NHL and is currently the second-highest rate in franchise history (2009-10: .738 point percentage).
  • The Capitals have won a franchise-record five consecutive division titles. Washington is looking to win their division for the sixth consecutive season and become the fifth NHL franchise to accomplish this feat in the modern era (Colorado/Quebec: 9, 1995-2003; Detroit: 8, 2001-2009; Montreal: 8, 1975-1982; Edmonton: 6, 1982-1987).

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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