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.
· 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
Jimmy Vesey pokes a loose puck into the net for a power-play goal, getting the Rangers within one of the Islanders.
· 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
Alain Vigneault bemoans conceding a critical shorthanded goal and talks about the lack of breaks the Rangers have had at Barclays Center in the last two seasons.
“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
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.