Pregame #15: Washington Capitals at New york Rangers (11/09/10)

Washington Capitals (10-4-0) vs New York Rangers (7-6-1)
Madison Square Garden
Time: 7:30 pm
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 820AM, 1500AM and XM
Previous Games: (none)
Games Remaining:
Dec 12, 2010 WSH@NYR  7:00 PM ET
Jan 24, 2010 NYR@WSH  7:00 PM ET
Feb 25, 2010 NYR@WSH  7:00 PM ET
Game Promotion: (none)
Familiar Faces of Former Capitals:
Steve Eminger

The Enemy:
Blue Shirt Banter

The Washington Capitals take their undefeated November record to the Big Apple tonight to face Brandon Dubinsky and the faltering New York Rangers. The Blueshirts will be tasked with slowing a Caps squad on a four-game win streak that has averaged 5 goals per game since their 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on October 28th. New York, currently ranked second in the Atlantic Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference, will look to rebound after having been blanked by the league leading St. Louis Blues on Sunday. NY enters the contest with their top two scorers from last season, Marian Gaborik (seperated shoulder) and Vinny Prospal (knee), on the shelf, while the Caps could be a little bit less handsome with Brooks Laich still a game time decision with his upper-body injury.

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Three Things to Watch For:
He’s on Fire!: After a on-again off-again start to the season, several Caps have found their rhythm as of late: Alex Ovechkin holds the team lead in points (18) with 8 coming in just the past 4 games, Alex Semin leads the team in goals (9) and has scored in 4 straight, and Mike Green has re-kindled his love of scoring with 7 points in his last 4 games (in which he’s put together his own 4 game scoring streak). Although some players might need to sacrifice a goat to get back on track, the Caps as a whole have found their way to the top of the Eastern Conference in goals (46), and are second in the league in goals per-game (3.29) to Colorado.

King Henry: Although sitting out the Rags’ last contest, all signs point to Henrik Lundqvist getting the nod tonight for New York. Lundqvist is 6-4-1 on the season with a .924 Sv % and a 2.55 GAA, and is coming off two shut-outs in his last 4 games. Against the Capitals for his career, Henry has a pedestrian 3.01 GAA and a .897 Sv %. Fresh off a day of rest, it’s expected that Michal Neuvirth will be between the pipes for the Caps tonight. Neuvi has never played the Rangers before, but is 3-2-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .931 Sv % away from the Verizon Center this season. With Jaroslav Halak, Jonathan Quick and Sergei Bobrovsky not slated to play tonight, if Neuvirth posts a W he will claim sole posession of the lead for goaltenders in wins.

Fist-a-cuffs: With both Capitals LW DJ King and Rangers forward Derek Boogaard set to dress tonight, expect at least one brawl as the pair looks to add a new chapter to their pugilistic history (having come to blows four previous times) . When it comes to the tale of the tape, the 6’7″ / 265 ls Boogaard has the upper hand on King (6’3″ / 230). The Boogeyman has thrown down 3 times already this season, where King dropped the gloves twice.

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