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Wednesday Night Rivalry

Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Rangers-Capitals

Washington can clinch Presidents' Trophy with one point in Wednesday Night Rivalry game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Wednesday Night Rivalry: NYR@WSH

Coors Light Wednesday Night Rivalry Preview: NYR@WSH

NHL Tonight previews the Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup featuring the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals

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Winning the Presidents' Trophy isn't in the same league as taking home the Stanley Cup. But the Washington Capitals will be happy to use it as a starting point for what they hope will be a run to the first championship in their history, and they can assure themselves of the NHL's best record with at least one point against one of biggest their Metropolitan Division rivals, the New York Rangers, in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game this week (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).

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Weekes on the Web

Pluses, minuses for Rangers-Capitals

Washington has best home record in League; New York enters game with top road mark

by Kevin Weekes @KevinWeekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes also will assist fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals are no strangers to each other. The Metropolitan Division rivals have met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs five times in the past eight years, with New York winning three of the five.

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NHL Insider

J.T. Miller remains work in progress for Rangers

24-year-old forward having best NHL season, but 'there is room for improvement'

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller would have a reason to worry if coach Alain Vigneault wasn't always demanding more out of him.

"With the twins [Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin with the Vancouver Canucks], I must have been harder on them than I was with any other players," said Vigneault, who coached the Canucks for six seasons from 2006-13. "When you see guys that have potential, you want to help them deliver that potential. The fact is there is a lot of potential there."

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Weekes on the Web

Pluses, minuses for Blackhawks-Penguins

Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby worth watching in rivalry game between Chicago, Pittsburgh

by Kevin Weekes @KevinWeekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes also will assist fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins have been two of the best teams in the NHL this season and for the past decade.

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Blackhawks-Penguins

Wednesday Night Rivalry game could be preview of Stanley Cup Final

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Wednesday Night Rivalry: CHI@PIT

Coors Light Wednesday Night Rivalry Preview: CHI@PIT

NHL Tonight previews the Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins

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Four weeks ago, the Pittsburgh Penguins came to United Center and lost 4-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks. They'll get a chance for revenge when the Blackhawks come to PPG Paints Arena for the Wednesday Night Rivalry game this week (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).

The Blackhawks and Penguins have clinched berths in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but each is looking for more. The Blackhawks are closing in on the Central Division and Western Conference titles, and the Presidents' Trophy isn't out of the question. The Penguins are trying to catch the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference, and looking to finish ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets for second place in the division.

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

Conor Sheary fitting in with Penguins, Sidney Crosby

Second-year forward playing top role for defending Stanley Cup champs

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- When the Pittsburgh Penguins recalled forward Conor Sheary last season, it was out of necessity.

Fourteen months after his NHL debut, Sheary is one of Pittsburgh's more valuable offensive assets, averaging close to a point per game skating to the left of center Sidney Crosby. That transition didn't happen overnight, but has been eye-opening.

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Islanders-Rangers

New York rivals on different levels entering Wednesday Night Rivalry game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Wednesday Night Rivalry: NYI@NYR

Coors Light Wednesday Night Rivalry Preview: NYI@NYR

NHL Tonight previews the Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup featuring the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers

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The Stanley Cup Playoff hopes of the New York Islanders and New York Rangers going into the Wednesday Night Rivalry game at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV) are a lot farther apart than the buildings they call home.

At the Manhattan end of the rivalry are the Rangers, cruising toward the playoffs. Despite the absence of starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who will miss his seventh straight game because of a hip injury, the Rangers are all but assured of finishing no worse than the first wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference; they have a 13-point lead on the Toronto Maple Leafs, who hold the second wild card, and a 16-point lead on the Islanders.

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NHL Insider

For Rangers, home is where heartache is

New York has best road mark in NHL but can't figure out formula for success at Madison Square Garden

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The New York Rangers return to their house of agony Wednesday. They better figure out how to turn Madison Square Garden into a house of comfort soon.

The Rangers' next chance to end their slump on home ice comes against the New York Islanders (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV). They are 0-4-2 in their past six games at MSG and 19-15-3 there this season.

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Weekes on the Web

Pluses, minuses for Islanders-Rangers

Goaltending, speed, forechecking among things to watch in rivalry game

by Kevin Weekes @kevinweekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes also will assist fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The New York Rangers haven't had many dips this season. They're tied for the fifth-best record in the NHL and fourth in the Metropolitan Division, eight points behind the first-place Washington Capitals. It's not set in stone, but the Rangers likely will be the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

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Weekes on the Web

Pluses, minuses for Penguins-Flyers

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin provide tough matchup for Philadelphia defense

by Kevin Weekes @kevinweekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes also will assist fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

Don't look now, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are closing in on the top spot in the Eastern Conference and the League.

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