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Daily Primer Oct. 16: Rangers, Capitals renew rivalry

by Brian Compton

Two teams looking to get on track in the Eastern Conference go head-to-head Wednesday night. Two from out West hope to keep on rolling.

The New York Rangers visit the Washington Capitals in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (NBCSN, 8 p.m. ET). New York bounced Washington from the Stanley Cup Playoffs last May, and both teams are hoping to overcome slow starts in order to get back to the postseason in 2014.

Here's a quick look at all of Wednesday's action:

New York Rangers at Washington Capitals- The Rangers are back on the East Coast after going 1-4-0 and being outscored 25-9 out West. New York started shaking up its roster Tuesday, sending forward Arron Asham and backup goalie Martin Biron to Hartford in the American Hockey League; they'll be replaced by forward J.T. Miller and goaltender Cam Talbot, both of whom were called up from the Wolf Pack. Washington is also off to a rough start; the Capitals are 2-4-0 through six games, but the Capitals are coming off a 4-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night at Verizon Center.

Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks - Both teams are off to solid starts. Calgary has yet to lose in regulation through five games (3-0-2) and will seek its third straight win Wednesday night. Rookie forward Sean Monahan is making his case to stay in the NHL rather than be sent back to juniors with four goals and two assists in five games. Anaheim (4-1-0) has won four straight after losing its season opener to the Colorado Avalanche. Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller is 3-0-0 with a 1.30 goals-against average and a .959 save percentage.

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