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Game 58: Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers 2/19/17 - 12:30pm - NBC
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Steady Eddie
Posted 2017-02-19 6:11 AM (#667239)
Subject: Game 58: Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers 2/19/17 - 12:30pm - NBC



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The Rangers return home to take on the Eastern Conference-leading Washington Capitals Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

New York is coming off a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders Thursday night in Brooklyn, which put an end to the Blueshirts' six-game winning streak. Nick Holden and Jimmy Vesey each scored while Henrik Lundqvist finished the night with 19 saves.

Now the focus shifts to the Washington Capitals and - as has been for more than a decade - Alex Ovechkin.

Lundqvist, who will get the start in goal for the Rangers, said Saturday that Ovechkin has been Washington's biggest threat since both players arrived on the scene for the 2005-06 campaign. 

"Tomorrow we face a guy that ever since I got here he's been one of the best to go after it," Lundqvist said of Ovechkin. "He plays physical and he likes to score."

With that said, though, No. 30 said what makes the Capitals a successful team is that while Ovechkin is the team's biggest offensive weapon, he isn't the only player the Rangers must worry about.

In fact, Ovechkin isn't Washington's most productive player, as Nicklas Backstrom leads the team with 61 points this season, 10 ahead of The Great 8. Washington has five players, including Backstrom and Ovechkin, with at least 40 points this season.

"I think that team, why they're successful, they don't rely on [Ovechkin], but obviously he's a big piece," Lundqvist said. "They have a lot of guys playing really well this year and last year as well. You have to play a really strong team game, defensively and offensively, to have a chance to win against them. A good test playing at home and try to win there right away."

Sunday's game marks just the second meeting between these Metropolitan Division rivals, with the Rangers skating to a 4-2 win in first meeting back on Oct. 22.

There may have been nearly four months between games, but Lundqvist said the Rangers know the Capitals well enough to know what type of challenge awaits them at The Garden.

"We haven't seen them that much, but I feel like they're similar to last year," Lundqvist said. "Very confident, they have four lines going really well for them. Special teams are good. They've just been very consistent. It's going to be a good test for us. We've had some good battles with them over the last few years. I think we all look forward to it." 

Washington is coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings Saturday afternoon. They're 7-2-1 in their last 10 and currently sit five points ahead of Pittsburgh for the division lead.

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Pavel Buchnevich will return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch Thursday in Brooklyn. He'll replace Matt Puempel on a line with Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said he felt Buchnevich played "pretty good" with Lindberg and Fast Monday in Columbus.

Kevin Klein will also return to the lineup after missing Thursday's game due to an illness. He will be paired with Brady SkjeiAdam Clendening will be a healthy scratch.

Expected 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

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Mandar
Posted 2017-02-19 8:55 AM (#667242 - in reply to #667239)
Subject: Re: Game 58: Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers 2/19/17 - 12:30pm - NBC


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I just don't see what Lindberg brings to the lineup
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Mikey Red
Posted 2017-02-19 8:55 AM (#667243 - in reply to #667239)
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Lets see what the boys got...Caps played yesterday...Rangers off since Thursday...Please dont wear the 85 Jersey
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Mikey Red
Posted 2017-02-19 8:58 AM (#667244 - in reply to #667239)
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I agree...Lindberg is 4th line grit thats about it....Fast not much better....We can do better
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Mikey Red
Posted 2017-02-19 10:24 AM (#667246 - in reply to #667239)
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Nice! No Emrick...and No 85 Jersey! LGR!
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Mikey Red
Posted 2017-02-19 10:39 AM (#667247 - in reply to #667239)
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LeetchyMrRanger
Posted 2017-02-19 11:13 AM (#667248 - in reply to #667239)
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A good challenge on that play, McDonut off sides.
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robstones
Posted 2017-02-19 1:29 PM (#667256 - in reply to #667239)
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I heard Rangers can't beat Washington, and should basically throw in the towel on the season
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sk4life40
Posted 2017-02-19 1:43 PM (#667257 - in reply to #667239)
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Good win im happy
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PV29
Posted 2017-02-19 5:44 PM (#667264 - in reply to #667256)
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robstones - 2017-02-19 3:29 PM

I heard Rangers can't beat Washington, and should basically throw in the towel on the season


Really? Where'd you hear that?
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PV29
Posted 2017-02-19 5:47 PM (#667265 - in reply to #667239)
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Caps started taking the body in the 2nd, and the game looked a lot like Thursday in Brooklyn. Rangers got their legs moving again in the 3rd and Henrik made some beauties to seal it. Power play still looks out of sync.

What was with the ice today? Lots of guys losing edges and falling.
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robstones
Posted 2017-02-20 6:08 AM (#667266 - in reply to #667264)
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PV29 - 2017-02-19 7:44 PM

robstones - 2017-02-19 3:29 PM

I heard Rangers can't beat Washington, and should basically throw in the towel on the season


Really? Where'd you hear that?


I'm not sure exactly.... I think they said we can't beat Montreal, Minnesota, or Pittsburgh either.... none of the "top teams"
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robstones
Posted 2017-02-20 6:10 AM (#667267 - in reply to #667265)
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PV29 - 2017-02-19 7:47 PM


What was with the ice today? Lots of guys losing edges and falling.


I could only listen on the radio at work, but yeah there was a series of what sounded like 5 guys all losing edges at once, basically, right?
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Posted 2017-02-20 7:27 AM (#667271 - in reply to #667266)
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robstones - 2017-02-20 7:08 AM

PV29 - 2017-02-19 7:44 PM

robstones - 2017-02-19 3:29 PM

I heard Rangers can't beat Washington, and should basically throw in the towel on the season


Really? Where'd you hear that?


I'm not sure exactly.... I think they said we can't beat Montreal, Minnesota, or Pittsburgh either.... none of the "top teams"


Don't forget the Canadiens, or the Islanders, because how the Rangers play against them determines whether or not they're a top team in the league.


Nice win, pretty open game. Don' t think we'd last in a 7 game series against them though. This team is at the point where they can win on any given night but not necessarily 4/7. We seem to match up better vs Caps though than vs Pens.
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Mjolnir
Posted 2017-02-21 5:01 AM (#667278 - in reply to #667239)
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Rangers definitely capitalized on the Caps having played the day before.
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