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Washington Capitals v New York Rangers

NHL on NBCSN: Capitals face Rangers, who aim to take Metro’s top spot


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Washington Capitals host the New York Rangers at Verizon Center at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

Even with some bumps and bruises, one would think that the Washington Capitals carry some advantages into Wednesday’s game against the New York Rangers.

The Rangers are coming off a 2-1 win versus the New York Islanders as they sent off their local rivals’ old building (barring a playoff series) on Tuesday. The Capitals, meanwhile, haven’t played a game since Saturday’s throttling of the Buffalo Sabres.

Washington also plays the third contest of a five-game homestand, so there are some pretty clear points in the Caps’ favor.

Then again, the Rangers have proven to be a pretty hearty group, especially lately. With last night’s win, they’re now 20-10-2 on the road, which is a comparable record to Washington’s 19-9-5 home mark.

The Rangers are in a prime position as far as the race for the Metropolitan Division’s top spot goes.

While the Islanders sit at No. 1 with 90 points, the Rangers are just one point behind with four games in hand. They also boast some nice advantages over the Pittsburgh Penguins (who have three fewer standings points after playing one extra game).

Washington is fairly comfortably placed in the East’s top wild card spot, although a streak or two could force them to swap WC spots with the Boston Bruins.

In other words, neither team is outright desperate, but both have plenty to gain from winning this one.

While there are some game-time decisions that could affect matters (will Mike Green and/or Brooks Orpik sit this one out? Shall New York lean on Cam Talbot again?), one thing we should see a showcase of Maurice Richard Trophy hopefuls. Rick Nash scored his 39th goal of the season off of a fortunate-yet-impressive game-winner on Tuesday, but he has a ways to go to catch Alex Ovechkin’s league-leading 44 tallies.

(Meanwhile, Nicklas Backstrom approaches a Capitals franchise assist record … although he’s also a game-time decision due to an illness, according to the Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt.)

Both the Rangers and Capitals have generally maintained a high level of play lately, so this could serve as a solid barometer for each squad.

The two teams only met one time so far this season; the Rangers won 4-2 at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 23.

Rangers pick up crucial points in divisional battle vs. Islanders

Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello

Rick Nash scored the game winner at 2:50 of the third period as the New York Rangers edged the New York Islanders 2-1 in their final regular season meeting at Nassau Coliseum.

With the win, the Rangers (41-17-7) move to within one point of the Islanders (43-21-4) for top spot in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers have four games in hand.

After losing the first three games in the season series, the Rangers won the final two to finish 2-3-0 against the Islanders this season.

Anders Lee scored his 23rd of the season to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead at 9:35 of the first period. With the goal, Lee extended his point streak to six games (three goals, three assists).

Kevin Hayes replied for the Rangers in the second with his 13th of the season.

Cam Talbot made 28 saves as the Rangers improved to 11-1-3 in their last 15 games and 12-2-3 since Henrik Lundqvist was sidelined by a vascular injury.

The win improved the Rangers to 54-63-8-2 in regular season play at Nassau Coliseum.

Kyle Okposo returned after missing 22 games due to a detached retina. He finished with three shots on goal in 18:33 of ice time.

Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves in the loss.

Ovechkin returns Saturday after one-game absence

Alex Ovechkin was regarded as a game-time decision for Saturday’s contest against Buffalo after being unable to play Minnesota on Thursday due to a lower-body injury. The final verdict is that he’ll be on the ice tonight, per the Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt.

The 29-year-old superstar forward participated in all of Washington’s first 65 games this season, scoring 43 goals and 67 points. Not including the lockout shortened 2013 campaign, he has taken part in a minimum of 72 contests in each season since his debut.

Prior to getting hurt, Ovechkin was on fire with five goals in the span of four contests. With a five-marker lead over the New York Rangers’ Rick Nash, Ovechkin is on course to claim his third straight Rocket Richard Trophy and the fifth of his career.