Game 31: Needing two points against WashingtonDecember 8, 2013, by
After a disappointing overtime loss against New Jersey, the Capitals are in town looking to pad their lead on the #2 spot in the Metropolitan Division. The Caps have 32 points to the Rangers 31, but have a game in hand. Naturally, a win tonight would go a long way to giving the Rangers some breathing room in the division. Plus a win tonight would give them two wins against Washington, which is incredibly important for tiebreakers later in the season.
On the ice, Adam Oates runs a hybrid 1-2-2/2-1-2 forecheck. They generally send one man in, but if the chances at a turnover are high, they will send the second and third man in. They are fairly aggressive when it comes to defensive zone schemes, playing an overload style and collapsing down when the puck is down low. Their powerplay strategy is a 1-3-1, and their penalty kill formation is an aggressive box.
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
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