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Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game Three: Rangers v. Capitals 5/6

Here are some notes for those fans getting ready to watch the New York Rangers who are hosting the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden tonight.

New York Rangers

New York Rangers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thus far New York trails the series 2-0, following a 1-0 overtime loss in Game 2 on Saturday at the Verizon Center. The Rangers enter the Playoffs having posted a 26-18-4 overall mark (16-6-2 at home; 10-12-2 on the road) for 56 points.

Quick Notes:

New York has won eight of their last 11 first round playoff series.

All of the Original Six teams have qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1996.

The Rangers are 10-12 all-time in Game 2 when trailing 2-0 in the series.

New York ranked third in the NHL with 1,413 hits and sixth in the league with 773 blocked shots this season.

The Rangers held opponents to 2.25 goals-against per contest, which rank third in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the league overall.

Playoff Firsts:

Three Rangers made their NHL playoff debut in Game 1 –Derick Brassard, John Moore and Kris Newbury –while Carl Hagelin notched his first career playoff goal in the series’ opener on Thursday.

The Rangers and the Capitals game will air on the NBCSN and MSG Networks, with face-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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