Gameday Preview – 11/24/2018 – Washington Capitals v. New York Rangers

Washington Capitals (12-7-3 27pts) v. New York Rangers (12-9-2 26pts)

 

Date: Saturday November 24th, 2018

Time: 2p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington, MSG, and NHL Network

 

Preview:

The Washington Capitals roll into Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers in a Saturday matinee that sees the Capitals aiming for their fifth straight victory. Meanwhile, the Rangers are going to be looking to get back to their winning ways after being blanked by the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 on Black Friday.

 

The Capitals could possibly be starting Pheonix Copley while the Rangers could be starting Alexandar Georgiev in goal. It is still unknown at this time if Evgeny Kuznetsov or TJ Oshie will be on the trip at this time.

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Andre Burakovsky — Travis Boyd — Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitrij Jaskin — Nic Dowd — Chandler Stephenson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Christian Djoos — Madison Bowey

Pheonix Copley

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Jonas Siegenthaler

Injured: Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body), T.J. Oshie (Concussion), Brooks Orpik (Knee Surgery)

 

Capitals Notes:

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Control the Tempo

The Capitals need to go into New York and control the tempo against the Rangers who have been red hot at MSG this month. The Capitals also need force the play in the Rangers zone and clog things up and have better puck possession to maintain control of the tempo.

 

2. Generate better scoring chances

The Capitals need to do a much better job of generating scoring chances. Against Detroit they were sloppy on their powerplay and passed too much, and need to do a better job of getting bodies to the net and getting the puck to the net to generate those opportunities.

 

New York Rangers:

Projected Lineup:

Vladislav Namestnikov — Mika Zibanejad — Jesper Fast

Chris Kreider — Kevin Hayes — Filip Chytil

Jimmy Vesey — Brett Howden — Ryan Strome

Mats Zuccarello — Lias Andersson — Steven Fogarty

Marc Staal — Neal Pionk

Fredrik Claesson — Kevin Shattenkirk

Brady Skjei — Tony DeAngelo

Henrik Lundqvist

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Brendan Smith

Injured: Adam McQuaid (lower body), Pavel Buchnevich (broken thumb), Cody McLeod (fractured left hand)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Forget Philadelphia happened

On Black Friday the Rangers played a very focused and intense Philadelphia Flyers team, and in the last 5 minutes of the game fell completely apart allowing 3 goals in the final 3 minutes. The Rangers will need to have a short memory and focus on the Capitals as they hopping right into it with another matinee as well.

 

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