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Caps-Rangers on NBC starts busy Sunday

Saturday, 02.11.2012 / 10:07 PM / Schedule

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Caps-Rangers on NBC starts busy Sunday
The NHL's two best teams will try to add to their point totals in the first and last games on Sunday's seven-game NHL schedule.
The NHL's two best teams will try to add to their point totals in the first and last games on Sunday's seven-game NHL schedule.
 
The action starts at 12:30 p.m. ET when the best team in the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers, host the Washington Capitals in a game that will be seen in the United States on NBC and in Canada on the NHL Network and RDSI. The Rangers increased their conference-leading total to 75 points by winning 5-2 in Philadelphia on Saturday. The Caps have been off since Thursday, when they blew a late two-goal lead to Winnipeg and lost 3-2 in a shootout.
 
Seven hours later, the League-leading Detroit Red Wings will try to match the NHL record for consecutive home wins when they host Philadelphia. The 1975-76 Flyers are one of two teams that hold the mark with 20 in a row at home. The Wings stretched their streak to 19 on Friday by beating Anaheim 2-1 in a shootout. The game can be seen in the U.S. on the NBC Sports Network and in Canada on TSN2.
 
There are five more games in between.
 
At 3 p.m., the Southeast Division-leading Florida Panthers try for back-to-back wins in the metropolitan area when the visit the New York Islanders. Florida won 3-1 at New Jersey on Saturday, a game that ended just a few minutes before the Isles beat Los Angeles 2-1 in overtime.
 
The Kings complete a six-game trip when they visit Dallas in one of two games that will start at 6 p.m. ET. In the other, the Ducks continue an eight-game trip with a visit to Columbus.
 
Two more games start at 7 p.m. ET. San Jose, coming off Friday's 5-3 home win against Chicago, starts a nine-game trip with a visit to St. Louis. Pittsburgh, which rallied to outscore Winnipeg 8-5 on Saturday, stays home to host Tampa Bay.
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We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff