5 Facts to Know for Rangers-Capitals

The Rangers visit our Nation’s Capital for a matchup against the Capitals.

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*Facts Courtesy of the New York Rangers

1 Shots at Shattenkirk Fired

Kevin Shattenkirk will take on his former team for the first time since his offseason signing with the Rangers.

The defenseman played in 19 regular-season games for the Caps last year, recording 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists).

Despite solid offensive numbers for the Caps, Washington head coach Barry Trotz was somewhat dismissive of the New Rochelle native’s contribution in his comments to the media Thursday.

“I think everybody thought of him as a 1-2 (defenseman), and he wasn’t,” said Trotz. “He was a little lower.”

Think Shattenkirk needs any more motivation tonight?

2 Return of the King

Henrik Lundqvist will return to the starting lineup tonight after the Rangers’ franchise goalie was sidelined with the flu on Tuesday.

Illness has been the only thing that has been able to stop Lundqvist lately, as “The King” has bounced back strongly after a slow start to the season. In his last six games, Lundqvist has a 5-0-0 record with a 1.68 goals against average and a .945 save percentage.

3 Zucc Getting Hot

Mats Zuccarello recorded a goal and an assist in the Rangers’ win over the Penguins and has tallied a point in six out of the last seven games. He leads the Blueshirts in assists (17) and is tied for the team lead in points (22).

4 Cheers for Boo

Boo Nieves scored his first NHL goal in Tuesday’s win and has been a steadying influence on the Blueshirts’ fourth line this season. The rookie has skated in 13 games this season, recording a goal and four assists for five points and an impressive plus-7 rating.

5 All Eyes on the Great 8

Alex Ovechkin remains one of the NHL’s most dynamic players. The Caps’ captain leads the league in goals scored this season with 21 and is coming off a four-point night in Washington’s win over Chicago Wednesday.