In their final road trip before the playoffs, the Washington Capitals will take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Caps are coming off on the wrong end of a two game sweep to the Pittsburgh Penguins to drop to second place in the MassMutual East Divison.
The Rangers are pretty much out of the playoff picture or on life support but that doesn’t mean the Caps should take them lightly. These two games could very well be trap games.
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The Caps are 2-4-0 against the Rangers this season. Alex Ovechkin leads the Caps with four goals in six games against the Rangers and his four points are tied with T.J. Oshie (two goals, two assists) and Nicklas Backstrom (four assists) for the most against New York.
It is unknown whether or not Ovechkin will play in the game against the Rangers but he did board the plane with the team to New York. The Caps were off Sunday and will hold a morning skate at 11 a.m. from MSG.
The Garden is the only building the Caps haven’t won this season at. The Caps will wrap up the regular season with a three game homestand with two games against the Philadelphia Flyers and one against the Boston Bruins. Even though the Caps are not in first place, the East Division is still winnable.
The Caps lead the NHL with 122 goals at five on five but over the last three games have scored a total of three goals including none in their last game. It was a far cry from their six goals on Long Island last Saturday.
In addition to Ovechkin, John Carlson also traveled with the team to New York. Carlson missed both games against Pittsburgh while Ovechkin has missed the last four.
Can the Caps bounce back against the Rangers? Will Ovechkin and Carlson be in the lineup? Here’s how to find out:
Date: May 3, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Madison Square Garden
TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Washington
Radio: Caps Radio 24/7
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