After last night’s rout of the Leafs, the Caps need a single point against the Rangers to secure the Presidents’ Trophy, Eastern Conference, and Metropolitan Division. Win or lose, the Caps can’t deny the Rangers the opportunity to clinch. The Rangers have claimed the first wild-card spot in the East and will face the Habs in the first round.
The Rangers will be without several key players, including Ryan McDonagh, who is injured. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault has elected to rest forwards Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello, and Jesper Fast. With little to play for, this decision makes sense. On the flip side, “Seventh Defenseman” Nate Schmidt will remain in the lineup since John Carlson is still injured.
Puck drop at 8 PM on NBCSN.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||53-18-8||53.1%||102.9||23.5% (3rd)||84.0% (7th)|
|New York Rangers||47-26-6||48.2%||101.0||20.1% (11th)||79.7% (23rd)|