Game Notes from the Rangers:
- The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7). The Capitals enter the contest with a 14-16-1 (29 pts) record to rank 10th in the Eastern Conference, and have won three of their last four games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Mar. 26, at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m.), to begin a three-game road trip.
- 2013: Tonight is the third and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 2-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 4-1 win on Mar. 10 at Verizon Center. The Rangers’ power play is 2-7 (28.6%) in the series, while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held the Capitals scoreless in seven power play attempts. The Rangers have out-shot the Capitals, 70-57, including a 32-16 advantage in the first period, and New York has out-scored Washington, 6-2, in the series with a 5-0 advantage after the first period. Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists), Ryan McDonagh (three assists), and Rick Nash (three assists) are tied for the series lead with three points apiece, while Derek Stepan leads all skaters with two goals. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .964 Sv%, and Martin Biron is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .966 Sv%.
- - The Rangers have won seven of their last nine regular season games against the Capitals, out-scoring Washington, 32-16, over the span