There’s been an upbeat, loose mood in the Washington dressing room over the past several days. It’s a natural byproduct of winning as the Capitals appear to have quietly built up their confidence over the course of this three-game streak.
Sunday evening Washington visits the Rangers at Madison Square Garden looking for its fourth consecutive victory. They aren’t getting ahead of themselves, but the Capitals are glad to see their play moving in a positive direction.
“Before we were trying to joke around to get everyone’s spirits up, but we knew it was kind of like, still not feeling too good. And now we’re joking around feeling good about it. That’s really nice to see. We always say you want to play with a little bit of a swagger,” Karl Alzner said. “We don’t want to get overconfident because we’re still towards the bottom of the league, but we need to be confident in our abilities.”
Braden Holtby (4-40, .877 save percentage, 3.90 goals-against average) will make his fourth consecutive start while Henrik Lundqvist (6-5-0, .912 save percentage, 2.48 goals-against average) will make his fifth start in the past six games after getting the previous contest off.
Mike Green will miss tonight’s game with a lower-body injury. Rangers forward Rick Nash, who Coach John Tortorella called “banged up”, will play tonight against the Capitals.
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Faceoff: 6 p.m. Madison Square Garden | TV: NBCSN | Radio: 106.7
Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth
Scratches: Mike Green (lower body), Marcus Johansson (upper body) and Roman Hamrlik