The New York Rangers (1-4-0) start to this early season has not been good, and nobody can avoid that terrifying fact. The good news is, they have plenty of time to right the ship and the opportunity presents itself tonight as they face the Washington Capitals (2-4-0) at the Verizon Center.
Yesterday, the Rangers announced the call-ups of forward JT Miller and goaltender Cam Talbot. Veterans Martin Biron and Arron Asham were sent down to Hartford in the AHL. This was an interesting move by the team’s staff, and we will see how it works out for them.
Starting Lineups (Pending scratches)
Super Stats (Courtesy of NHL Media)
- All-Time: 87-86-18-6 overall (48-38-9-3 at home; 39-48-9-3 on the road)
- 2013-14: Tonight is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Verizon Center.
- Last Season: New York was 2-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 1-0-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by one goal, including one game that required the shootout. The Rangers out-scored the Capitals, 5-0, after the first period, and out-shot Washington, 102-81, in the series. The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-9 (33.3%), while their penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Derek Stepan led all skaters with three goals, while Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash tied for the series-high with three assists apiece. Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists) and Brad Richards (one goal, two assists) also tallied three points in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA and .942 Sv%, and Martin Biron was 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .966 Sv%.
- The Blueshirts are 4-1-0 in their last five games at Washington, having out-scored the Capitals, 19-9, over the span
- The Rangers have registered a point in eight of their last 10 meetings with the Capitals, dating back to a 7-0 win on Dec. 12, 2010.
- New York has posted a 7-2-1 record and has out-scored Washington, 34-19, during the stretch.
- New York is 1-4-0 on the road; Washington is 2-2-0 at home
- New York is 0-0-0 vs. divisional opponents; Washington is 0-1-0 vs. divisional opponents
- New York lists no former Capitals on their roster
- Washington lists no former Rangers on their roster