The New York Rangers try to secure a seven-game winning strain for a initial time in 3 years when they horde a Washington Capitals on Tuesday. New York began with a home feat over Pittsburgh on Dec. 8 and enjoyed a ideal three-game widen by Western Canada before claiming both ends of a home-and-home array with Carolina. Captain Ryan McDonagh scored a sole idea in Sunday’s 1-0 feat over a Hurricanes, though a Rangers find themselves dual points behind Washington for third place in a Metropolitan Division.
The Capitals won their third true and extended their season-best indicate strain to 9 games (7-0-2) as Nicklas Backstrom scored a power-play idea late in a second duration of a 2-1 delight over Ottawa on Monday. Backstrom has available 6 goals and dual assists in his final 4 contests and has 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) in 26 meetings with New York. Braden Holtby owns a 1.75 goals-against normal during a team’s nine-game indicate strain and is 12-3-3 in his final 18 starts.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, CSN-DC (Washington), MSG (New York)
ABOUT THE CAPITALS (17-10-6): Captain Alex Ovechkin has torched many a group during his career, nonetheless New York has kept him during brook of late. The three-time Hart Trophy leader was hold but a idea in 9 uninterrupted contests (postseason included) before he available his team’s sole total in a 4-1 detriment to a Rangers on Jan. 19. While frequency as achieved a scorer, Jay Beagle netted his personal-best fifth idea and tied a career high with his ninth indicate on Monday.
ABOUT THE RANGERS (17-10-4): Medical tests suggested that Lee Stempniak had a mumps and was quarantined Wednesday by Sunday as a prevision for both a reserve of a group as good as his family, that includes twin 9 1/2-month-old daughters. Stempniak, who was a third member of a group to have a pathogen (Tanner Glass, Derick Brassard), skated on a possess during a training core on Monday. He skeleton to join his teammates for Tuesday’s morning skate, with a preference to be done in courtesy to his accessibility to face Washington.
1. New York G Henrik Lundqvist has yielded only 8 goals during his five-game winning strain and is 16-8-3 with 4 shutouts in his career contra Washington.
2. Capitals D Mike Green has collected one idea and 4 assists during his three-game indicate streak.
3. The Rangers final won 7 in a quarrel from Oct. 31-Nov. 15, 2011.
PREDICTION: Capitals 4, Rangers 2