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NHL Preview: Washington Capitals (32-28-7) at New York Rangers (37-19-10)

WASHINGTON CAPITALS NOTES:

LAST GAME
Washington 5, New York Islanders 1
March 11, 2023 * UBS Arena * Elmont, NY
Shots: WSH: 27; NYI: 18
Power Plays: WSH: 0/4; NYI: 0/5
Three Stars: 1. Backstrom (WSH), 2. Mantha (WSH), 3. Strome (WSH)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Re-signed defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to a three-year contract extension, 3/11
Loaned defenseman Vincent Iorio to AHL Hershey, 3/10
Loaned defenseman Dylan McIlrath to AHL Hershey, 3/8
Recalled forward Aliaksei Protas and defenseman Dylan McIlrath from AHL Hershey, 3/5
Loaned forward Aliaksei Protas to AHL Hershey, 3/3
Re-signed forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel to a one-year contract extension, 3/3
Recalled defensemen Vincent Iorio and Gabriel Carlsson from AHL Hershey and loaned defenseman Dylan McIlrath to Hershey, 3/3

INJURIES/ILLNESSES
Carl Hagelin: 10/12/22-3/11/23 (67 games)
Connor Brown: 10/20/22-3/11/23 (63 games)
John Carlson: 10/31/22-11/9/22, 12/27/22-3/11/23 (37 games)
Marcus Johansson: 2/25/23-2/26/23 (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)
Washington Capitals: Media Notes
Alex Ovechkin: 12/21/22 (1 game)
Dmitry Orlov: 11/7/22-12/9/22 (16 games)
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)
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)
Anthony Mantha: 2/12/23, 2/23/23-2/26/23 (4 games)
Martin Fehervary: 12/5/22-12/29/22, 3/4/23-3/9/23 (15 games)
Nick Jensen: 3/4/23-3/9/23 (3 games)
Man Games Lost: 372

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
March 15, 7 p.m. ET vs. Buffalo (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 17, 7 p.m. ET vs. St. Louis (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 19, 2 p.m. ET at Minnesota (NBCSW, NHLN, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 21, 7 p.m. ET vs. Columbus (NBCSW+, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 23, 7 p.m. ET vs. Chicago (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Capitals visit the New York Rangers on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden for the third of four meetings between the teams this season. The Capitals have won both games against the Rangers this season by a combined score of 10-3, shutting out the Rangers 4-0 on Dec. 27 at MSG and claiming a 6-3 victory at Capital One Arena on Feb. 25. Washington and New York conclude their season series on April 2 in Washington. Washington is 115-97-18-8 all-time vs. New York and 15-7-2 in their last 24 games against the Rangers dating back to the 2017-18 season.

AWAY vs. NEW YORK RANGERS
Record Goals For Goals Against Streak
52-55-9-4 392 421 1 WSH win (12/27/22)

CAPITALS vs. RANGERS ALL-TIME (Career Totals)
Games Goals Assists Points
Ovechkin (70) Ovechkin (42) Backstrom (37) Ovechkin (66)
Backstrom (59) Oshie (13) Carlson (28) Backstrom (49)
Carlson (47) Backstrom (12) Ovechkin (24) Carlson (35)

Collecting Points

  • The Capitals have earned at least one point in four of their last five games (3-1-1) and have outscored opponents 20-12 (4.00 GF/GP, 2.40 GA/GP) during the five-game stretch.

Metro Matchup

  • The Capitals are 11-6-2 (.632 point percentage) against Metropolitan Division opponents this season.
  • Including Tuesday’s game, Washington has seven games remaining against Metropolitan Division opponents over their final 15 regular season games.

Penalty Skill

  • The Capitals have killed off 51 of 58 opposing power plays (87.9 percent) over their last 22 games, dating back to Jan. 16, including all five of the Islanders’ opportunities on Saturday.
  • The Capitals’ 82.9 penalty kill percentage this season ranks sixth in the NHL, through games played March 12.
  • Per Natural Stat Trick, the Capitals have allowed the seventh-fewest shots on goal (275) while shorthanded this season.

Team Discipline

  • On average, the Capitals are shorthanded 2.79 times per game, which is the third-lowest rate in the League.
  • Washington’s +27 net penalty differential ranks tied for third in the NHL, through games played March 12.

Did You Know?

  • The Capitals have scored 83 goals in the second period this season, the eighth-highest total in the NHL, through games played March 12.
  • The Capitals have scored 30 goals in their last seven games (4.29 GF/GP).

NEW YORK RANGERS NOTES:

LAST GAME
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, New York Rangers 2 – OVERTIME – March 12, 2023 – PPG Paints Arena
NYR Goals: B. Goodrow (11), C. Kreider (28)
PIT Goals: R. Rakell (23), J. Zucker (24), K. Letang (OTW – 9)
NYR Goalie: J. Halak (OTL – 32/35)
PIT Goalie: T. Jarry (W – 27/29)
NYR Shots: 29
PIT Shots: 35
NYR PP: 0/2
NYR PK: 2/4

RECAP/NOTES: New York completed a four-game road trip with an overtime loss to the Penguins on Sunday afternoon. The Rangers went to overtime for a third-straight game for the second time this season. New York’s 20 games that have gone past regulation lead the NHL. Barclay Goodrow (G), Jimmy Vesey (A) and Tyler Motte (A) combined on the Rangers’ first goal. In all, the forward line had seven shots on goal. In the loss, Alexis Lafreniere played in his 200th career game.

RANGERS RUNDOWN

  • The New York Rangers begin a season-long five-game homestand when the Washington Capitals come to MSG on Tuesday night (7:00 PM ET – TV: ESPN – Radio: ESPN 1050 AM).
  • At home, the Blueshirts have won six of their last eight games and are 9-4-0 in their last 13 home games.
  • Since December 5, New York is 26-9-5 for 57 points. In the NHL in that span, the Rangers rank third in wins, points, and third in points percentage (.713).
  • The Blueshirts’ 19 comeback wins are tied for the third most in the NHL and their eight third-period comeback wins are tied for the fourth most in the NH. Their eight third-period comeback wins are tied for the second most in franchise history (11 – 2010-11).
  • Filip Chytil and Vincent Trocheck are both within one of reaching the 20-goal mark this season and joining Kreider, Zibanejad and Panarin. The last season to feature five different 20-goal scorers for the Ranger was 2015-16 (Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, J.T. Miller, Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider).
  • When scoring first this year, the Blueshirts are 24-5-4 and 18-3-3 when leading after the second period. When tied after two periods, the Rangers have 13 wins, the most in the NHL.
  • New York’s 80 third period goals are tied for the seventh most in the NHL. Mika Zibanejad leads all Rangers with 14 third period goals.
  • The Rangers defensemen group has collected 156 points, the sixth most in the NHL.

UPCOMING GAMES (ALL TIMES ET)
DATE/TIME OPPONENT/LOCATION TV RADIO
Mar. 16/7:00 PM Pittsburgh/Madison Square Garden MSG Network ESPN 98.7 FM
Mar. 18/8:00 PM Pittsburgh/Madison Square Garden ABC, ESPN Plus ESPN 98.7 FM
Mar. 19/7:00 PM Nashville/Madison Square Garden MSG Network ESPN 98.7 FM
Mar. 21/7:00 PM Carolina/Madison Square Garden MSG Network ESPN 98.7 FM
Mar. 23/7:00 PM Carolina/PNC Arena MSGSN ESPN 1050 AM

LAST FIVE GAMES
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Mar. 12 at Pittsburgh OTL, 3-2
Mar. 11 at Buffalo OTW, 2-1
Mar. 9 at Montreal SOW, 4-3
Mar. 4 at Boston L, 4-2
Mar. 2 Ottawa L, 5-3

MAN GAMES LOST – 40
PLAYER INJURY/REASON DATES MISSED CONS. GAMES MISSED
Ryan Lindgren Upper Body Feb. 26-Mar. 12 7

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
March 11 – Jonny Brodzinski re-assigned to Hartford.
March 7 – Jonny Brodzinski recalled from Hartford.

ALL-TIME RECORD 105-104-18-11 (239 PTS)
2022-23 0-2-0
2021-22 2-1-0
NYR HOME 59-47-9-5 (132 PTS)
NYR AWAY 46-57-9-6 (107 PTS)
LAST FIVE MEETINGS 2-3-0
LEADING SCORER(S) – CURRENT RANGERS IN CAREER G: Zibanejad (15) – A: Panarin (16) – Pts: Zibanejad (29)
LEADING SCORER(S) – ALL-TIME IN GAMES W/NYR G: Graves (23) – A: Leetch (58) – Pts: Leetch (71)

2022-23 SEASON SERIES
December 27 at MSG L, 4-0
February 25 at Washington L, 6-3
March 14 at MSG 7:00 PM ET
April 2 at Washington 1:00 PM ET

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • The Rangers have scored a power play goal in three of their last four (4G), six of their last eight games (7G) and eight of their last 12 contests (10G).
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