The Washington Capitals are looking for a third straight win against the New York Rangers on Friday night in the final meeting between the teams. The Capitals have earned a point in 12 consecutive games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
Washington has outscored the Rangers, 18-13, this season and is 12 for 13 (92.3%) on the penalty kill. Justin Williams leads Washington with nine points (six goals and three assists) in four games against New York this season. Alex Ovechkin has scored five goals in four games against the Rangers this season, including three power-play goals.
The Capitals will face backup goalie Anti Raanta, and he’s 6-4-2 with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. Braden Holtby will backstop Washington, and he’s 40-7-3 with a 2.22 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.
The Capitals are 20-2-1 in their last 23 games at Verizon Center, outscoring the competition, 83-50, in that span. The lineup will be the same as the last game, with Taylor Chorney and Mike Weber as the team’s third defensive pairing. Coach Barry Trotz said defenseman Nate Schmidt would likely be back in the lineup against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
The lineup is below, and the discussion thread is now open.
Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie
Andre Burakovsky-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Justin Williams
Jason Chimera-Marcus Johansson-Tom Wilson
Daniel Winnik-Mike Richards-Jay Beagle
Karl Alzner-Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik-Dmitry Orlov
Mike Weber-Taylor Chorney
Braden Holtby (starter)
John Carlson (lower-body)