Tuesday evening on the NHL ice and a pair of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the Washington Capitals invade Madison Square Garden in New York to rumble with the New York Rangers. The Capitals won the first meeting, which came at home, by a score of 5-2. The Capitals enter this game at 16-7 on the year while the Rangers come in at 8-10.
Caps Are Off To A Strong StartThe Washington Capitals have gotten off to mediocre starts the last couple of years, but that has not been the case this year so far. They enter this game having gone 13-3 over their last 16 games to give them a solid 16-7 record overall. Washington leads the league in points at 36 and they currently lead the Islanders by five points in the Metro Division. The Washington offense is tops in the league but they have struggled a bit of late, averaging just 3.74 gpg over their last five games. The offense did get back on track a bit in their last game as they beat Anaheim at home by a score of 5-2. Scoring in the win was Richard Panik, which was his 1st of the year, Alex Ovechkin, which was his 15th, Chandler Stephenson, which was his 3rd, Jakub Vrana, which was his 10th and Tom Wilson, which was his 9th. The Caps have been amazing on the road as they have gone 10-2 away from home so far.
Snatching up the win against the Ducks was Braden Holtby, who stopped 32 of the 34 shots that he faced to move to 11-4 with a 2.91 GAA on the year while out on the road he has gone 7-2 with a 3.02 GAA. In his career, he has gone 123-80 with a 2.72 GAA on the road and 51-25 with a 2.34 GAA during the month of November, plus 13-10 with a 2.40 GAA against the Rangers. Tye Capitals enter this game ranked first in the league in scoring, putting up 3.74 gpg and 17th in goals allowed at 2.96 gpg.
Rangers Look To Get Back On TrackThe New York Rangers have not had the start that the Capitals have had as they enter this game at 8-10 in the year so far. They had a recent stretch where they won four of five games but since then, the Rangers have lost three of four. New York is now in 7th place in the Metro Division and already 18 points out of first. They will now be looking to get back on track, but it will not be easy against the Best team in the league. The Rangers have had their issues in the crease this year and especially of late as they have allowed 20 goals over their last four games and that is not good news as they are about to face the best offense in the league. New York is off a tough 4-3 loss to the Panthers on the road and scoring in the loss was Ryan Strome, which was his 6th of the year, Artemi Panarin, which was his 9th and Tony DeAngelo, which was his 6th. The Rangers are just 5-6 here at home for the year.
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Taking the loss was Henrik Lundqvist, who allowed four goals on 30 shot attempts to fall to 4-5 with a 3.54 GAA on the year while here at home he has gone 3-3 with a 3.29 GAA. In his career, he has gone 258-197 with a 2.31 GAA here at the Garden and 84-52 with a 2.34 GAA during the month of November, plus 21-20 with a 2.80 GAA against the Capitals. the Rangers enter this game ranked 10th in the league in scoring at 3.33 gpg and 30th in goals allowed, giving up 3.61 gpg.
Trends Are Courtesy Of Covers.com Washington is:
- 11-3 in their last 14 games as a road favorite of -151 to -200
- 16-7 in their last 23 vs. the Metropolitan
New York is:
- 13-27 in their last 40 vs. the Metropolitan
- Rangers are 9-19 in their last 28 games as an underdog