The 10th pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, McIlrath is the AHL's leader in penalty minutes (115) and has three goals and four assists.
New York is winless in three straight games and four of its past five. Defenseman Marc Staal is sidelined with a concussion, and forward Ryan Callahan (second-degree MCL sprain) is out for the next 4-6 weeks.
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh