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Pregame Notes: Rangers at Washington

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Today's Game
The Rangers face-off against the Washington Capitals today at Verizon Center (12:30 p.m.), in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The Blueshirts trail in the series, 1-0, following a 3-1 loss in Game 1 on Thursday at Verizon Center. The Rangers enter the contest with a 208-227-8 record all-time in 443 playoff contests (116-88-2 at home; 92-139-6 on the road). New York has posted a 45-49-2 record all-time in Game 2 of playoff series. New York entered the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference having posted a record of 26-18-4 overall (16-6-2 at home; 10-12-2 on the road) for 56 points. The Rangers are one of two teams in the Eastern Conference, along with Pittsburgh, to have advanced to the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons.

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Today's game will be televised nationally on NBC. You can also catch the radio broadcast on ESPN New York (FM 98.7) and on satellite radio at XM 92. Turn to MSG immediately following the game for complete postgame coverage.

Rangers vs. Capitals Pregame Notes

* Three Rangers made their NHL playoff debut in Game 1 -- Derick Brassard, John Moore, and Kris Newbury -- while forward Carl Hagelin notched his first career playoff goal in the series' opening game on Thursday

* This is the first time the Blueshirts have faced the same opponent in three consecutive playoff seasons since New York played Philadelphia in the 1985, 1986 and 1987 playoffs. The Rangers are meeting the Capitals in the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years. The last time that happened was against the Flyers from 1983-87.

* The Blueshirts led the NHL in goal scoring since the trade deadline on Apr. 3, averaging 3.6 goals per contest. Prior to the trade deadline, the Rangers averaged 2.4 goals per game.

* The Blueshirts have registered a point in 92 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 85-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. Washington). New York posted a 16-0-0 record when leading after the second period this season.

Rangers vs. Capitals Playoff History
The Rangers and Capitals are meeting in the playoffs for the eighth time overall and fourth time in five years, including a third consecutive season. Their last postseason encounter was in last year's Eastern Conference Semifinals, a series won by New York 4-3. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 3-4 playoff series record vs. the Capitals, posting a 19-22 mark in 41 postseason contests.

All Time Regular season -- Rangers vs. Capitals
Overall: 87-86-18-6
At MSG: 48-38-9-3
At Washington: 39-48-9-3

2013 Rangers vs. Washington
Feb. 17 Rangers 2, Capitals 1 at MSG March 10 Rangers 4, Capitals 1 at Washington March 24 Rangers 2, Capitals 3 (SO) at MSG

Rangers-Capitals Series Results and Schedule
May 2 Rangers 1, Capitals 3 at Washington
May 4 Rangers at Washington, 12:30 p.m.
May 6 Rangers vs. Capitals, 7:30 p.m.
May 8 Rangers vs. Capitals, 7:30 p.m.
May 10 Rangers at Washington, 7:30 p.m.*
May 12 Rangers vs. Washington, TBD*
May 13 Rangers at Washington, TBD*
* -- if necessary


* Marc Staal has missed one playoff game (plus 27 in the regular-season) with an injury, suffered on March 5.

* Brian Boyle has missed one playoff game (plus six in the regular season) with an injury, suffered on April 16.

* Derek Dorsett has missed one playoff game (plus 13 in the regular season) due to a broken clavicle, suffered on March 7. * Ryane Clowe has missed one playoff game (plus one in the regular season) with an injury, suffered on April 25. * Michael Sauer has missed one playoff game (and the entire 48-game regular season) due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5, 2011. * The Rangers have lost five total man-games to injuries or illness during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.
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