5 Things to Know: Rangers vs. Capitals

BY: DAVID KOLB

NEW YORK RANGERS (40-20-2) vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS (41-13-7)
Game coverage begins at 6:30 PM on MSG

Looking to make up some ground, the Rangers play host to the division-leading Capitals.

1 Where They Stand

Rangers Vesey Blue Jackets 022617 ·      Tonight the Rangers host the Washington Capitals for the third time his season.

·      New York is 7-2-1 in the last 10 games.

·      The Blueshirts are 19-12-2 at Madison Square Garden in 2016-17.

·      The Rangers currently own the first Wild Card in the Eastern Conference.

2 Who's Hot

·      Rangers’ forward, Rick Nash scored a goal on four shots in Sunday’s tilt vs. Columbus.

·      The 32-year-old from Brampton, Ontario has potted two goals in the past four games and has 18 goals this season, leaving him two short of the 20-goal plateau for the 12th time in his career

·      Nash has a goal and two assists in the first two contests against the Capitals this season, with an average of 17:02 time on ice.

3 Say What?

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“We talked about it beforehand, making sure we get sticks in front and clear out the front for Henrik to see things. We’ve done it at times against this team in other match-ups but tonight it wasn’t enough.”

 –Rangers’ defenseman, Ryan McDonagh after falling 5-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets Sunday at The Garden

4 Did You Know?

Stock-McDonagh-Home-1920.jpgRangers’ defenseman, Ryan McDonagh (12th overall) and Caps center, Lars Eller (13th overall) were selected in consecutive picks in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

5 Must-See Video

Rangers’ captain, Ryan McDonagh emphasizes that no Blueshirt should be happy with their performance in the loss to the Blue Jackets Sunday.