Rangers into DC for Back-to-Back Games

The Washington Capitals left Buffalo Saturday after an embarrassing 4-1 loss to the Sabres. Goalie Braden Holby lost his first game in 23 and was replaced by Philipp Grubauer in the second period. This switch up may change plans for Gurbi to start in the net this afternoon. It’s a wait-and-see for that decision according to Coach Trotz.

The New York Rangers narrowly left Philadelphia on Saturday with a shootout win. The Rangers had 31 shots on goal but it was Mats Zuccarello and J.T. Miller that scored—with two shots each. No surprise that they played a physical game with 37 hits and Dan Boyle sitting in the box for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Rangers have announced that Antti Raanta will start in the net for them as they aim to get their first consecutive win.

Both teams are hitting the ice having played tough games on Saturday. And both teams have something to prove this evening with both wanting back-to-back wins. As always with this rivalry meeting, it should be a physical game with lots of penalties and some crazy shooting. Hold on to your seats friends as we who walks with the win and how long it takes to get there.

GAME TIME IS 5pm

Your Projected Lineup for Tonight

Ovechkin         Backstrom       Oshie

Burakovsky     Kuznetsov       Williams

Chimera           Johansson        Wilson

Richards               Sill                   Latta

 Defenseman Parings

Alzner             Niskanen

Schmidt           Orlov

Ness                Chorney

Braden Holtby  or Philip Grubauer in the net.

Jason Chimera, with his assist on the Johannson goal last night now has 200 career NHL assists.

Kuznetsov and Backstrom lead the team in overall points at 41 each.

Ovechkin leads the team with 26 goals. Kuznetsov follows with 15 goals.

Injury Report and Team Scratches

Jay Beagle: He continues to recover. We don’t expect him for another four weeks. Even Beags is skating now and working with the trainers before practice starts.

John Carlson is still day-to-day. He is skating before team practice. Should be back before the All Stars.

Brooks Orpik is on the Long-term Injured Reserve list for an undisclosed injury. Like John, should be back before the All Stars.

No word yet on the third and fourth line changes for the Rangers game. Mike Richards played in Buffalo and Brooks Laich sat it out. Chances are good Richards will play again as will Latts. Game-time decision. Coach had nothing but good things to say about the Latta line so don’t expect a change as they “regroup.”

The Rangers Projected Lineup

The NYR are playing up and down with the New York Islanders for second position in the Metropolitan Division.

Miller               Brassard          Zuccarello

Kreider            Stephan           Nash

Lindberg         Hayes              Fast

Glass               Moore              Stalberg

Defensemen Pairings

McDonagh      Klein

Staal                Boyle

Yandle             Girardi

Goalies:

Antti Raanta gets the nod in the net tonight. He may be a little rusty since he hasn’t played since December 17.

Henrik Lundqvist improved his stats with the Saturday win to 20-12-4 and his 20th win for the 11th consecutive season. Only Martin Brodeur and Tony Esposito have had similar stats in their careers.

More Milestones Coming:

Michael Latta is ONE games away from a career 100 NHL/Capitals games played.

Brooks Laich is one game away from passing beloved Rod Langway’s 726th games played for eight place in the Caps franchise.

Karl Alzner, the Iron Man, is three points away from 100 NHL points and five games short of passing Bob Carpenter (422) for the longest consecutive games played in franchise history.

Next Games and Practices

Jan 18: The team is off for Monday

Jan 19: 11:30 Morning Skate at Nationwide Arena, Columbus

Jan 19: 7pm Game at Columbus Blue Jackets – CSN

 

 

Photos by Brittney Marcum

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