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NHL Preview: New York Rangers (33-16-9) at Washington Capitals (28-26-6)

NEW YORK RANGERS NOTES:

LAST GAME
Detroit Red Wings 4, New York Rangers 1 – February 23, 2023 – Little Caesars Arena
NYR Goals: V. Trocheck (17)
DET Goals: A. Copp (6), F. Zadina (2), M. Rasmussen (10), F. Hronek (9)
NYR Goalie: J. Halak (L – 19/23)
DET Goalie: V. Husso (W – 30/31)
NYR Shots: 31
DET Shots: 23
NYR PP: 0/2
NYR PK: 3/4

RECAP/NOTES: The Blueshirts dropped this first game of the road trip, in Detroit. Vincent Trocheck scored the team’s lone goal, unassisted as the club’s 10 game point streak on the road came to an end.

RANGERS RUNDOWN

  • The New York Rangers continue their two-game road swing with a matinee against the Washington Capitals in DC (1:00 PM ET – TV: ABC, ESPN Plus – Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM).
  • The Blueshirts have earned a point in 10 of their last 12 games (8-2-2) and 28 of their 35 contests (23-7-5) contests.
  • On the road, the Blueshirts have points in 10 of their last 11 contests (6-0-4). New York will play six of its next eight games away from MSG.
  • The Blueshirts will play their fourth “afternoon” game of the season today (note: any game starting before 5 p.m. local is considered an “afternoon” or “matinee” game). Thus far, the team is 1-1-1 in these games. Last year, the club went 7-2-0 in matinee contests.
  • New York has won two of its last three games against Washington.
  • The Rangers defensemen group has collected 141 points and 112 assists, tied for the third most in the NHL.
  • New York’s 73 third period goals are tied for the fifth most in the league and plus-20 third period goal differential ranks tied for third in the NHL.
  • The Blueshirts’ 16 comeback wins are tied for the third most in the NHL and their seven third-period comeback wins are tied for the fourth most.
  • When scoring first this year, the Blueshirts are 22-4-4 and 17-2-3 when leading after the second period.

LAST FIVE GAMES
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Feb. 23 at Detroit L, 4-1
Feb. 20 Winnipeg L, 4-1
Feb. 18 at Calgary OTL, 3-2
Feb. 17 at Edmonton SOW, 5-4
Feb. 15 at Vancouver W, 6-4

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
February 19 – Tyler Motte acquired from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Julien Gauthier and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

ALL-TIME RECORD 105-103-18-11 (239 PTS)
2022-23 0-1-0
2021-22 2-1-0
NYR HOME 59-47-9-5 (132 PTS)
NYR AWAY 46-56-9-6 (107 PTS)
LAST FIVE MEETINGS 2-3-0
LEADING SCORER(S) – CURRENT RANGERS IN CAREER G: Zibanejad (15) – A: Panarin (16) – Pts: Zibanejad (27)
LEADING SCORER(S) – ALL-TIME IN GAMES W/NYR G: Graves (23) – A: Leetch (58) – Pts: Leetch (71)

WASHINGTON CAPITALS NOTES:

LAST GAME
Washington 2, Anaheim Ducks 4
February 23, 2023 * Capital One Arena * Washington, D.C.
Shots: WSH: 43; ANA: 21
Power Plays: WSH: 1/3; ANA: 0/3
Three Stars: 1. Gibson (ANA), 2. Fowler (ANA), 3. Oshie (WSH)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Recalled forward Aliaksei Protas from AHL Hershey, 2/24
Acquired a 1st-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, a 2nd-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft, a 3rd-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft and
forward Craig Smith from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Dmitry Orlov and forward Garnet Hathaway, 2/23
Loaned forward Aliaksei Protas to AHL Hershey, 2/21
Recalled defenseman Dylan McIlrath from AHL Hershey, 2/19
Loaned forward Joe Snively to AHL Hershey, 2/19
Loaned defenseman Dylan McIlrath to AHL Hershey, 2/18

INJURIES/ILLNESSES
Carl Hagelin: 10/12/22-2/23/23 (60 games)
Connor Brown: 10/20/22-2/23/23 (56 games)
John Carlson: 10/31/22-11/9/22, 12/27/22-2/23/23 (30 games)
Anthony Mantha: 2/12/23, 2/23/23 (2 games)
Tom Wilson: 10/12/22-1/6/23, 1/26/23-2/16/23 (49 games)
Nicklas Backstrom: 10/12/22-1/6/23, 1/24/22 (43 games)
Alex Ovechkin: 12/21/22 (1 game)
Dmitry Orlov: 11/7/22-12/9/22 (16 games)
Washington Capitals: Media Notes
Erik Gustafsson: 12/11/22 (1 game)
Lars Eller: 12/13/22 (1 game)
Sonny Milano: 12/15/22 (1 game)
Darcy Kuemper: 12/5/22-12/17/22 (7 games)
Hunter Shepard: 12/17/22 (1 game)
Alex Alexeyev: 12/11/22-12/19/22 (5 games)
Beck Malenstyn: 11/3/22-12/27/22 (26 games)
Martin Fehervary: 12/5/22-12/29/22 (12 games)
T.J. Oshie: 10/31/22-11/19/22, 12/19/22-12/31/22 (17 games)
Nic Dowd: 12/17/22, 1/17/23-2/18/23 (13 games)
Man Games Lost: 341

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Feb. 26, 1 p.m. ET at Buffalo (NBCSW, NHLN, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 1, 10 p.m. ET at Anaheim (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 4, 6 p.m. ET at San Jose (NBCSW+, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 6, 10:30 p.m. ET vs. Los Angeles (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 9, 7 p.m. ET vs. New Jersey (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Capitals host the New York Rangers on Saturday at Capital One Arena for the second of four meetings between the teams this season. It marks the Rangers’ first visit to Capital One Arena since the 2021-22 season opener on Oct. 13, 2021, a game Washington won 5-1. Including Saturday’s game, the Capitals will face the Rangers three times in a 37-day span. Washington is 114-97-18-8 all-time vs. New York and 14-7-2 in their last 23 games against the Rangers dating back to the 2017-18 season. In addition, the Capitals have a record of 8-2-0 in their last 10 home games versus the Rangers.

HOME vs. NEW YORK RANGERS
Record Goals For Goals Against Streak
62-42-9-4 408 359 2 WSH wins (3/28/21-10/13/21)

CAPITALS vs. RANGERS ALL-TIME (Career Totals)
Games Goals Assists Points
Ovechkin (69) Ovechkin (42) Backstrom (37) Ovechkin (64)
Backstrom (58) Backstrom (12) Carlson (28) Backstrom (49)
Carlson (47) Oshie (11) Ovechkin (22) Carlson (35)

Metro Matchup

  • The Capitals are 9-6-1 (.593 point percentage) against Metropolitan Division opponents this season.
  • Including Saturday’s game, Washington has 10 games remaining against Metropolitan Division opponents over their final 22 regular season games
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