5 Things to Know: Rangers at Capitals

BY: DAVID KOLB

NEW YORK RANGERS (47-26-6) @ WASHINGTON CAPITALS (53-18-8)
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The Rangers head to the Nation’s Capital to take on the best team in the NHL tonight.

1 Where They Stand

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  • Tonight, the Rangers travel to Washington to face the Capitals for the fourth time this season.

  • New York is 3-3-4 in the last 10 games.

  • The Blueshirts are 27-10-2 on the road during the 2016-17 season.

  • The Rangers currently own the first Wild Card slot in the Eastern Conference with 100 points.

2 Who's Hot

  • Derek Stepan picked up a pair of assists in Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • The Blueshirts’ center takes the ice with five points in his last five games.
  • Stepan has 16 goals and 38 assists for 54 points, including two assists in three contests vs. the Capitals this season.

3 Say What?

Alain Vigneault gives a lineup update as he hopes to give some players more ice time while others are able to heal before round one of the playoffs begins.

“They’ve all been playing through certain bumps and bruises. So we can at this time give them a couple days here, but I’m not exactly sure how things are going to unfold here.”

 — Alain Vigneault

 

4 Did You Know?

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Alex Ovechkin has recorded 44 points (29 goals, 15 assists) in 47 career games against the Rangers and has scored a goal in 11 of his last 13 games against New York (13 goals).

5 Must-See Video

Al Trautwig and Steve Valiquette break down the success of the Rangers’ power play