Washington Capitals (10-4-0) v. New York Rangers (7-6-1)
7:30 PM EST – Madison Square Garden – New York, New York
TV/Radio: Versus; Caps Radio 1500
Last game: The Capitals ended their second three-game homestand on a high note with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Eric Fehr, Alex Semin and Mike Green scored for the Capitals, who not only snapped the Flyers’ six-game winning streak, but also gave rookie Braden Holtby his second career NHL win in his first career NHL start.
Possible lineup for Washington:
Possible lineup for New York:
Brandon Dubinsky – Artem Anisimov – Ryan Callahan
Alex Frolov – Derek Stepan – Ruslan Fedotenko
Sean Avery – Brian Boyle – Brandon Prust
Derek Boogaard – Erik Christensen – Todd White
Michael Del Zotto, Steve Eminger, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Michal Rozsival, Michael Sauer
Outlook: The Capitals and Rangers meet for the first time this season heading in opposite directions. The Capitals have won four straight and six of seven overall, while the Rangers have lost four of seven. Washington is looking to build on the momentum earned in a three-game sweep of their homestand against Toronto, Boston and Philadelphia (except for the three unanswered third period goals in the first two) and will do so with Michal Neuvirth in goal. After being pulled against Boston and sitting out against Philadelphia, Neuvirth is ready to relocate the type of play that earned him Rookie of the Month honors in October.
The Capitals’ wheel of injury misfortune continues to spin. Brooks Laich left Sunday’s game with an upper body injury and is expected to make the trip to New York. His status for Tuesday’s game, however, is uncertain. Former Ranger Tom Poti will also make the trip and could make his return from injury sooner rather than later.
The Rangers are feeling the effects of an injury-depleted roster as well. Sniper Marian Gaborik, historically prone to injury, has not played in New York’s last 11 games with a separated shoulder, but plans to return later this week. Meanwhile, captain Chris Drury (broken finger) and Vinny Prospal (knee surgery) are out indefinitely. To replace the scoring load, the Rangers will rely on Brandon Dubinsky, who leads the team with 10 goals.