Pregame Notes: Rangers at Washington

2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 5 at Verizon Center

Friday, 05.10.2013 / 12:01 AM New York Rangers

Tonight's Game

The Rangers face-off against the Washington Capitals tonight at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m.), in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The series is currently tied at two games apiece, following a 4-3 win in Game 4 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers enter the contest with a 210-228-8 record all-time in 446 playoff contests (118-88-2 at home; 92-140-6 on the road). New York has posted a 24-33 record all-time in Game 5 of playoff series.

Tune in Tonight

Tonight's game will be televised on MSG with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. You can also catch the radio broadcast on ESPN New York (FM 98.7) and on satellite radio at XM 212.

Rangers vs. Capitals Pregame Notes

* Derek Stepan notched the game-winning goal in Games 3 and 4 to become the first Ranger since Adam Graves in 1997 (May 8, May 11) to tally the game-winner in consecutive playoff games.

* Derek Dorsett made his Rangers debut in Game 2 to become the 12th player to make his Blueshirts debut in the playoffs (Chris Kreider, Lauri Korpikoski, Doug Weight, Tony Amonte, Mike Richter, George McPhee, John Hughes, Bobby Sheehan, Steve Andrascik, Dennis Hextall, and Gordie Bell).

* The Blueshirts are 2-0 in games when tallying a power-play goal during the playoffs, and are 2-0 when holding the Capitals scoreless with the man advantage.

* New York registered a point in 19 of 23 games (17-4-2) when not allowing a power-play goal during the regular season.

Rangers vs. Capitals Playoff History

The Rangers and Capitals are meeting in the playoffs for the eighth time overall and fourth time in five years, including a third consecutive season. Their last postseason encounter was in last year's Eastern Conference Semifinals, a series won by New York 4-3. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 3-4 playoff series record vs. the Capitals, posting a 21-24 mark in 45 postseason contests.

All Time Rangers Playoff Records

Overall: 210-228-8

Home: 118-88-2

Away: 92-140-6

Goals for: 1,227

Goals against: 1,222

All Time Regular season -- Rangers vs. Capitals

Overall: 87-86-18-6

At MSG: 48-38-9-3

At Washington: 39-48-9-3

2013 Rangers vs. Washington

Feb. 17 Rangers 2, Capitals 1 at MSG

March 10 Rangers 4, Capitals 1 at Washington

March 24 Rangers 2, Capitals 3 (SO) at MSG

Rangers-Capitals Series Results and Schedule

May 2 Rangers 1, Capitals 3 at Washington

May 4 Rangers 0, Capitals 1 (OT) at Washington

May 6 Rangers 4, Capitals 3 at MSG

May 8 Rangers 4, Capitals 3 at MSG

May 10 Rangers at Washington, 7:30 p.m.

May 12 Rangers vs. Washington, TBD

May 13 Rangers at Washington, TBD*

* -- if necessary

Injuries

* Michael Sauer has missed four playoff games (and the entire 48-game regular season) due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5, 2011.

* The Rangers have lost 11 total man-games to injuries or illness during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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