Washington
Capitals
48-23-11
New York
Rangers
44-33-5

31 SOG
20 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
WSH
NYR
game preview

Rangers get visit from struggling Caps club tonight

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

Share with your Friends


Rangers get visit from struggling Caps club tonight
Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers

• Game Notes

• Saturday Night's Recap

Looking to snap a season-high five-game skid, the Washington Capitals visit New York on Sunday night to face the Rangers in the teams' second meeting of the season.

After falling in Dallas on Dec. 2, the Capitals (18-10-3) closed a winless four-game run in Washington with a 3-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday despite firing 42 shots on goal. Though outscored 15-8 during the skid, Bruce Boudreau's club remains atop the Southeast Division.

Boudreau ripped his team after a 3-0 loss to last-place Florida on Thursday, but changed his tone after the latest setback.

"We're going to build off this and go. It's a different feeling in the room," he said. "There's disappointment because you gave the effort and didn't come away with (a win). But I'm hoping other than the two points, they're taking a positive aspect out of this game."

Washington has put together solid efforts in its last three matchups with the Rangers at The Garden, scoring 15 goals. The Capitals came away with a 5-3 victory Nov. 9 behind two goals and an assist from Brooks Laich.

Not surprisingly, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have been keys to that success. Ovechkin, a two-time MVP, has three goals and three assists in the last three visits while Backstrom -- a top playmaker -- had a goal and four assists during a 6-5 win Feb. 4.

Neither, though, has produced much lately. Ovechkin (team-high 36 points) has two goals and an assist while Backstrom (tied for second with 33) has three assists during the losing streak.

Mike Green, the Capitals' top-scoring defenseman with 14 points, was scratched Saturday with the flu and his status against the Rangers is uncertain. Green has totaled two goals and four assists in his last three games at MSG.

After winning five of seven from Nov. 20 to Dec. 2, the Rangers have alternated wins and losses in its last four games, including a 3-1 defeat Saturday at Columbus.

"We've just got to move by it and bring the good things into the Washington game because that's a very good club (Sunday) night," head coach John Tortorella told newyorkrangers.com. "We can't worry about this now. We have to move on to the next one."

2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 25 '11NYR 6 at WSH 0S. Eminger
Jan 24 '11NYR 2 at WSH 1 - SOA. Anisimov
Dec 12 '10WSH 0 at NYR 7B. Prust
Nov 09 '10WSH 5 at NYR 3M. Hendricks
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
A. Ovechkin32122436+82523
A. Semin32181533+74361
N. Backstrom32112233+61241
B. Laich3271219+81442
M. Green255914+73231
M. Knuble296713+41020
J. Carlson3231013+43002
J. Chimera324610-103310
E. Fehr304610-51020
T. Fleischmann234610+31001
M. Hendricks31459-35912
J. Erskine30347+34301
M. Bradley25257+22600
T. Poti13246-1600
T. Sloan18156-3600
S. Hannan29066-61200
D. Steckel26325-51501
M. Johansson21325-3200
J. Schultz29055+51000
M. Perreault7224+4400
K. Alzner32134-31400
B. Gordon22134-1601
D. King8011-21500
B. Fahey7011-1200
J. Beagle1000-1200
A. Gordon1000-2000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Neuvirth2212-5-2545842.68.908
S. Varlamov94-4-0232482.62.907
B. Holtby52-2-113843.84.845
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
B. Dubinsky32141327-34041
R. Callahan31101323-22632
M. Gaborik199918+4821
A. Anisimov328917-5612
D. Stepan3271017-1412
D. Girardi3221416+71611
B. Boyle3211415+72922
S. Avery3211314+411400
M. Staal326713+72032
R. Fedotenko325813+71600
A. Frolov325712+2601
E. Christensen315712+41201
B. Prust324812+48601
M. Rozsival2321012+01800
M. Del Zotto31268+11220
S. Eminger29134-41800
M. Sauer26134+93011
M. Gilroy20033+5000
D. Boogaard22112+04500
T. White16112-1200
E. Grachev6000-2000
J. Williams1000+0000
C. Drury1000-1200
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
H. Lundqvist2513-11-1597292.46.919
M. Biron95-2-0192142.38.911
newyorkrangers.com is the official Web site of the New York Rangers. New York Rangers is a trademark of MSG Holdings, L.P. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 MSG Holdings, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Advertising Info | Jobs | Student Opportunities | Contact Info | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Charity Requests | MSG Terms of Service | NHL.com Terms of Use