The New York Rangers face the Washington Capitals on the road Friday at 7 p.m.
According to STATS:
- The Rangers lost, 4-1, in Pittsburgh last night, snapping their three-game winning streak in the process. New York is 5-2-0 (.714) in its last seven road tilts -- tied for second best in the Eastern Conference over the last four weeks.
- Washington defeated Toronto, 3-2, at home on Wednesday night, winning its second straight game, and for the fourth time in the last six contests overall. All of the Caps' last eight tilts have been one-goal affairs -- tied for the longest streak of its kind in the NHL this season.
- The Capitals have won each of the last three meetings with the Rangers (by a combined score of 16-8), including a 5-2 shellacking in these clubs' first skate of the season at Verizon Center on January 17. Dating to December 27, 2013, these clubs have split their last 10 regular-season contests, each skating off with five wins.
- Chris Kreider potted the Rangers' lone goal last night, and now has three markers in his last four skates. Kreider has lit the lamp three times in his last two games vs. the Capitals (zero goals in first nine career games against Washington).
- Alex Ovechkin netted his 41st goal of the season Wednesday night, giving him 516 career markers, and moving him ahead of Pierre Turgeon for No. 36 on the NHL's all-time list. Including five goals this season, Ovechkin has lit the lamp in nine straight games vs. the Blueshirts -- the second-longest goal-scoring streak by any active skater vs. any opponent (Phil Kessel had 10 straight games with a goal vs the Thrashers/Jets from 2011-14).
- The Blueshirts are 7-4-1 (.625) in the second of back-to-back tilts this season (seventh best in NHL). The Capitals are a league-best 11-1-1 (.885) when taking on teams playing in their second of back-to-backs in 2015-16.