The Washington Capitals will host the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, but that won’t be the first time the NHL’s top division rivals have faced off.
Here are some things you need to know about the game between the Capitals and Rangers on Monday night:• How the Capitals’ and Rangers’ home ice stacks up in the standingsThe Capitals have the best home record in the NHL at 4-1, with the Rangers, who have lost five straight, three points behind the Capitals for the final playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division.
The Capitals and Bruins have played nine games in the past nine days, with Boston outscoring the Capitals by a combined 17-2.
That’s the best offensive differential in the league between the two teams.
The Bruins have also scored at least 30 goals in nine of their past 10 games.• The Capitals are playing the fourth-easiest schedule in the Eastern Conference, and they’ll play their final four games on the road.
The Rangers have played seven of their last eight games on home ice, but have won six of those contests overall.• Washington has won five of its past six games overall, including the past two by a total of 17-5.
It’s also won four straight by a margin of at least three goals.• It’s been a rough year for the Rangers.
They’ve dropped seven of nine and have lost two of their five.
But it’s still their best record in 12 seasons in the division, and that’s been good enough for them to stay in the playoff picture.
They have the seventh-best record in all of the Eastern Hockey League.• Last week, the Capitals went to the Garden to face the Flyers in what was billed as the biggest home game of the year.
The Caps scored the game’s first goal when they were ahead 5-0.
After the game, Caps head coach Barry Trotz said that his team was still trying to process the blow of missing the chance to make history.
“We’re a little disappointed, but we’re going to continue to play and play,” Trotz told reporters.
“We’re going through this now, trying to sort of sort of process what happened.
It was a great opportunity for us to get on the board and score the first goal.
But I think it’s an opportunity for all of us, because it’s a huge opportunity for our team.”