The Rangers return from the Christmas break to host the division rival Capitals.
1. HOME SWEET HOME
They are tied for the lead in points at home (31) and are tied for third in home wins (14) this season.
2. LAST TIME THEY MET
These teams played earlier this month in D.C. with the Capitals winning 4-2.
Matt Niskanen scored the go-ahead goal in the third period.
3. BATTLE OF THE BACKUPS
With the Capitals playing again tomorrow, they elected to start Philipp Grubauer tonight. Grubauer is 2-0-1 with a 1.37 GAA and .947 SV% in his last four appearances.
4. MR. 500
Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh will skate in his 500th career game tonight.
McDonagh has recorded more assists (17) and points (19) against Washington than any other NHL team.
5. RUSSIAN CONNECTION
The Capitals are led by the lethal duo of Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
The Russian natives are first and second on the team in points, and Ovechkin is second in the NHL in goals (23).