The Capitals are back in New York City to face the Rangers and hopefully this game will end differently than the last one did. The Capitals have placed Riley Barber and Jakub Vrana in the lineup for tonight while TJ Oshie and Brooks Orpik sit out.
On the Rangers side, Dan Girardi will be out for the next two weeks after he blocked a shot with his ankle. According to Dan Rosen, Girardi’s open ankle wound has not been healing properly.
The battle tonight will be quite heated after the Capitals acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, despite rumors about the possibility of Shattenkirk landing with the Rangers. Needless to say, Rangers fans aren’t exactly thrilled with the outcome. Instead, they will have to settle for defenseman Brendan Smith from the Red Wings. Not a bad pick-up, but the Capitals are the clear trade deadline winners…so far.
Puck drop at 7 PM on CSN.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|New York Rangers||40-20-2||48.2%||102.2||18.9%||81.2%|
Buckle up, everyone, we have ourselves a first line Tom Wilson. Which is worth a shot.
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Wilson
Johansson – Kuznetsov – Williams
Connolly – Eller – Vrana
Winnik – Beagle – Barber
Alzner – Carlson
Orlov – Niskanen
Schmidt – Shattenkirk
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 28, 2017
The best thing to come out of trades during the deadline are the twitter reactions. Here are some of the best tweets after the Shattenkirk deal was announced.
caps gm – great deal nice doing buisness
Stl gm wait……but you dont even have a 2018 2nd rou……
caps gm pic.twitter.com/AVVY28iipx
— Tony X. (@soIoucity) February 28, 2017
If Shattenkirk solves the Riddle Of The Five Wizards or slays 50 percent of the magic dragons, the 2019 second-round pick becomes a potion
— Dumb Bozo (@davelozo) February 28, 2017
Blues: “Get everything you can for Shattenkirk”
Inner Blues: “Take two picks and a rookie forward” pic.twitter.com/li3zgwG3iw
— Kyle Mace (@kyle_mace) February 28, 2017
The St. Louis Blues tomorrow pic.twitter.com/ETEwwn9n9H
— Ryan Deem (@Ryan_Deem) February 28, 2017
“Shattenkirk has been traded to the Capitals” pic.twitter.com/dfj3lRSaqk
— ️ (@NYRangers2716) February 28, 2017
Also, Kirk Cousins got a franchise tag. If anyone cares.
Tag! I’m it!
— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) February 28, 2017
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