Preview: NY Rangers at Washington

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Saturday, October 22, 2016
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District Of Columbia
Matchup Edge
NYR Edge in: WAS
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs

The reigning Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals are off to another fast start and look to remain unbeaten in regulation when they host the New York Rangers on Saturday night in a matchup of Metropolitan Division rivals. Washington has rattled off three consecutive victories since a shootout loss at defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh in the season opener.

The Capitals have allowed five goals during their 3-0-1 start after earning their first road win with a 4-2 victory at Florida on Thursday night. “We’ve gotten better marginally every game we’ve played,” Washington forward Justin Williams said. “I mean, kind of hard not to. ... We’re talking a little bit more, we’re supporting a little bit more and we’re getting to know each other a little bit more.” New York has been boom-or-bust offensively, scoring 12 goals in its two victories while being limited to three in one-goal losses to St. Louis and Detroit. "We could easily be sitting here 4-0," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told reporters Friday.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, CSN Mid-Atlantic (Washington), FSN Florida

ABOUT THE RANGERS (2-2-0): Vigneault has justification for thinking his team could be unbeaten -- New York outshot Detroit 33-18 in Thursday's 2-1 defeat and enjoyed a 35-18 shots on goal in a 3-2 setback at St. Louis, only to fail on all six power-play chances in both contests. Vigneault tinkered with his lines and power-play units during practice Friday, with one combination featuring Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad. Henrik Lundqvist will start Saturday but the coach is unsure who will get the not Sunday versus Arizona.

ABOUT THE CAPITALS (3-0-1): Forward Daniel Winnik had an eventful night in Thursday's victory, losing a piece of his ear while blocking a shot in the third period and returning to the ice afterward. "He got the puck sort of in the ear hole, and it sort of pinched off his ear," coach Barry Trotz said. "Trainers looked at him, and he was just fine -- just missing a piece of his ear. It was just a small piece, but it got chewed up." Captain Alex Ovechkin has scored in back-to-back games, including the game-winner versus Florida.


1. Ovechkin has scored 27 goals in 44 games versus New York.

2. Lundqvist is 19-9-4 lifetime against the Capitals, but he had a 4.09 goals-against average in three matchups last season.

3. Washington's power play has converted on only 2 of 14 opportunities.

PREDICTION: Capitals 4, Rangers 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
NY Rangers 2-2-0-0 L1 2-1-0-0 0-1-0-0 0-0-0-0 2-2-0-0 1-0-0-0
Washington 3-0-0-1 W3 2-0-0-0 1-0-0-1 0-0-0-0 3-0-0-1 1-0-0-1

Last Meeting

NY Rangers Washington
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/4/16 NYR 3 WAS 2 23 32 1-2 34 20 1-2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
NYR R. McDonagh 2
WAS J. Beagle 1
Goals Player  
NYR J. Fast 1
WAS J. Beagle 1
Assists Player  
NYR R. McDonagh 2
WAS K. Alzner 0
Saves Player  
NYR A. Raanta 32
WAS B. Holtby 20
Total Points Player  
NYR C. Kreider 7
WAS M. Johansson 4
Goals Player  
NYR C. Kreider 3
WAS A. Burakovsky 2
Assists Player  
NYR C. Kreider 4
WAS N. Backstrom 3
Saves Player  
NYR H. Lundqvist 56
WAS B. Holtby 75

Quickchart Matchup

NY Rangers Off vs  Washington Def
3.75 GF
1.25 GA
34 Shots
24.5 Shots
2 PP
3 PK
Washington Off vs  NY Rangers Def
2.75 GF
3 GA
34.5 Shots
23.8 Shots
2 PP
3 PK

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

NY Rangers Overall Washington
2-2-0-0 W/L 3-0-0-1
3-1 ATS 2-2
2-1 O/U 1-2
3.75 Goals For 2.75
3.00 Goals Agnst 1.25
NY Rangers A/H Washington
0-1-0-0 W/L 2-0-0-0
1-0 ATS 1-1
0-0 O/U 0-2
2.00 Goals For 2.50
3.00 Goals Agnst 0.50