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Game 58 at New York Rangers (L 1-2)

February 19 2017 at 12:33 PM

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https://www.nhl.com/news/washington-capitals-new-york-rangers-game-preview/c-286901538

CAPITALS (39-11-7) at RANGERS (37-19-1)

12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, NHL.TV



Capitals team scope

After a six-day break, the Washington Capitals will play their second game in two days. Washington, which lost to the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout Saturday, has at least one point in 22 of its past 24 games, going 19-2-3 and outscoring the opposition 104-49. The Capitals are 26-4-4 since Dec. 5 and 7-2-2 in their past 11 road games. "Obviously we practiced only once [before the game] and it felt kind of different," captain Alex Ovechkin said. "I think the first period was OK. We can be worse. But it's a good thing we battled through that, and [Sunday] is going to be much better. You could see in the third period we moved better, backed them down better, shots got through." Forwards Zach Sanford and Daniel Winnik have scored in back-to-back games. Winnik has eight goals, giving the Capitals a chance to have 10 forwards who score at least 10.



Rangers team scope

The New York Rangers haven't played since Thursday, when their six-game winning streak ended with a 4-2 loss at the New York Islanders. The Rangers are 1-for-14 on the power play with a shorthanded goal allowed in the past five games. "We worked on it prior to practice (Saturday) and talked a lot about it in the video session, and I really like the work we did in practice on the ice," coach Alain Vigneault said. "The puck movement was better. The shot attempts were better. Retrieving the puck was better. All in all, I thought it was a good day." If goalie Henrik Lundqvist wins, he would tie Chris Osgood for 11th on the NHL list (401). "We've got the best team in the NHL coming in our building [Sunday]," Vigneault said. "Very anxious to see that matchup. Should be a real fast-paced, intense hockey game. They are a big, skilled team and we're going to have to be at our best."



Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Justin Williams

Brett Connolly -- Lars Eller -- Zach Sanford

Daniel Winnik -- Jay Beagle -- Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- Nate Schmidt

Philipp Grubauer

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Taylor Chorney, Jakub Vrana

Injured: Andre Burakovsky (hand)



Rangers projected lineup

Jimmy Vesey -- Derek Stepan -- Rick Nash

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Mats Zuccarello

Michael Grabner -- Kevin Hayes -- J.T. Miller

Pavel Buchnevich -- Oscar Lindberg -- Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh -- Dan Girardi

Marc Staal -- Nick Holden

Brady Skjei -- Kevin Klein





Henrik Lundqvist

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Brandon Pirri, Matt Puempel, Adam Clendening

Injured: none



Status report

Buchnevich was a healthy scratch against the Islanders. Klein missed that game with an illness.



Who's hot

Backstrom has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) during an eight-game point streak. He has 31 points in the past 20 games. … Oshie has six points (three goals, three assists) in the past three games. … Skjei has six assists in the past six games, including two against the Islanders. … Vesey has scored in the past two games.


Isabelle Khurshudyan ‏@ikhurshudyan
Grubauer today. Sanford stays in.

NBC game, so I don't need a link- will be cooking in the kitchen, listening, and looking in at the highlights. happy.gif

Anthem on, game to follow...


    
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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 12:42 PM 

I may find a link- camera on NBC is so bright I can't see or follow the puck! Couple early chances for the Caps, no success yet.

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 12:49 PM 

Rangers get the early lead- rebound, no one picks it up but the guy who shot it originally.

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 12:56 PM 

Got back home just on time for the game, but I got a phone call, so I'll be here for the second period. Go, Caps!

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 12:58 PM 

After the 3-0 lead in shots for the Caps, it's been ALL Rangers- 11 of the next 12 shots, a 2 on 0 before the goal Grubauer came up HUGE on, the goal with no defenders helping out (except to screen Grubauer), a penalty immediately after the goal (at least they killed it), and 2 more big saves by Grubauer.

Yikes. Lousy start for the Caps today.

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 1:01 PM 

Grubauer already 14 saves, and the period is far from over... make it 15 on another great scoring chance...

and another Orpik penalty to put them on the PK again.

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 1:09 PM 

Another goal, bur Caps call for review...

offside.

No goal.

Wow.

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 1:12 PM 

Grubauer another HUGE save with under 1:00...

1-0 Rangers, end 1st. Whew.

Can't play any worse.

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 1:20 PM 

Hehehe. Time to wake up for Caps, vacations are over. Games won't win themselves.

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 1:31 PM 

Caps to Craps in 6 days...

I think we've seen this show before. happy.gif

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 1:33 PM 

Second on. I have a stream.

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 1:35 PM 

PP! Yay!

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 1:38 PM 

Puck out of play, it looked like a penalty, but it was actually touched by Eller, so we're still 5-on-4.

And 5-on-5, now. Not a good PP except for a good chance for Ovechkin.


    
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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 1:43 PM 

Great shift by the third-liners. They scored the two goals yesterday.

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 1:44 PM 

Wow, Williams! I thought it was in, but he missed it and lost his stick.

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 1:45 PM 

Winnik rings the post!

Caps deserve a goal now.

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 1:47 PM 

Several Caps have done awesome things in this period, that is almost all Caps.

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 1:53 PM 

There was a big collision between two Rangers and a Cap, I believe. Miller long to get up. Looks like Wilson was involved.

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 1:55 PM 

It was actually two Caps and a Ranger: a big hit by Wilson on Miller, with Winnik near them.

 
 

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Re: Game 58 @ New York Rangers

February 19 2017, 2:00 PM 

Caps on the PP again, late in the second period. They really need a goal now. It would be bad to end a period they've largely dominated without a goal.

 
 
 
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