5 Facts to Know for Rangers-Capitals

The Rangers return from the Christmas break to host the division rival Capitals.

*Facts Courtesy New York Rangers

1. HOME SWEET HOME

Even with Saturday’s loss to the Leafs, the Rangers are 12-2-1 in their last 15 homes games.

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

After starting the last six games before the break Henrik Lundqvist gets the night off meaning Ondrej Pavelec will be in goal for the Blueshirts. Pavelec made 44 in his last outing against the Stars.

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).