The Rangers are going for the series sweep tonight against Washington, as the Caps come to town for their third and final matchup. The Rangers have taken each of the first two games by scores of 2-1 and 4-1, and need to get back on track after a letdown game against the lowly Florida Panthers.
On the ice, the Caps still play the 1-2-2 forecheck, but they don’t necessarily use it as a trap. While this system is generally passive, the Caps use it in conjunction with a 2-1-2, making it a more aggressive hybrid forecheck. In the defensive zone, Oates continues with this hybrid theme and alternates between an overload defensive strategy and a collapsing strategy. On special teams, the Caps use a combination of a 1-3-1 and an umbrella powerplay, and use a diamond penalty kill.
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2012-2013 Records: Capitals (14-16-1), Rangers (15-13-2)
NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (10-15-25)
WSH Leading Scorer: Mike Ribiero (10-24-34)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (26 GP, 2.22 GAA, .921 SV%)
WSH Goaltender: Braden Holtby (21 GP, 2.68 GAA, .916 SV%)
Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm
Torts’ post-practice interview from Saturday: