Here are some notes for those fans getting ready to watch the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game One matchup, as the New York Rangers are on the road getting ready to take on the Washington Capitals.
New York ended the regular season by defeating Metropolitan area rival the New Jersey Devils by the score of 4-0 on April 27. The Rangers posted a 10-3-1 mark in the month of April, which marks the third time the team has won 10 games in a month since October of 2008.
The Rangers enter into tonight’s game with a 208-226-8 record all-time in 442 playoff contests (116-88-2) at home; 92-138-6 on the road). New York has posted a 44-47-5 record all-time in Game 1 of a playoff series.
Rangers vs. Capitals Notes:
New York held a 2-0-1 overall record against Washington in the regular season. Two of the three contests were decided by one goal, including one game that required a shootout. The Rangers’ power play was 3-9 (33.3 percent), while the penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0 percent) in three games.
Derek Stephan led all scorers with three goals in the series, while Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash tied for the series-high with three assists apiece. Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists) and Brad Richards (one goal, two assists) also tallied three points in the series.
Henrik Lundqvist was 1-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA and a .942 save percentage, while Martin Biron was 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .966 save percentage as these two Rangers keepers will look to continue their fine play against Washington.
These two teams are meeting in the playoffs for the eighth time overall and the fourth time in five years, this will also be the third consecutive season that these two foes have skated against one another. Their last postseason encounter was in last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals, which was won by the Rangers 4-3. Overall the Blueshirts have a 3-4 playoff series record against the Capitals, holding a 19-22 mark in 41 postseason games.