5 Things to Know: Rangers vs. Capitals

BY: DAVID KOLB

NEW YORK RANGERS (37-18-1) vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS (39-11-7)

The Blueshirts take on the Caps in a matinee today at The Garden.

1 Where They Stand

Jan. 9, 2015: The Rangers host the Capitals at Madison Square Garden. (CREDIT: MSG PHOTOS)

·     The Rangers host the Washington Capitals for the second game of the season between the clubs

·      New York is 7-3-0 in the last 10 games

·      The Blueshirts are 18-11-1 at The Garden in 2016-17

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

2 Who's Hot?

·     Jimmy Vesey scored for the second straight game Thursday vs. the Islanders

·      The rookie has 14 goals in 56 games, including five on the power play and four game-winners

·      Vesey scored two goals in his first game against the Caps on Oct. 22

3 Say What?

“We just had a hard time making plays in their end tonight. You’ve got to give the opposition credit, they played a good game.”

 — Rangers coach Alain Vigneault after his team’s 4-2 loss to the Isles Thursday

4 Stat of the Day

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Alex Ovechkin has recorded 43 points (18 goals, 15 assists) in 45 career games against the Rangers and has scored a goal in 10 of his last 11 contests against the Blueshirts.

5 Must-See Video

Steve Valiquette looks at a missed opportunity for the Rangers vs. the Isles