NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, October 10th
(All times eastern)
New York Rangers (1-0-2) at Washington Capitals (1-2-0), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two clubs hoping to end two-game skids clash today when
Jaromir Jagr and the New York Rangers visit Alexander Ovechkin and the
Washington Capitals at the MCI Center.
Jagr and the Rangers began the season with an impressive 5-3 victory in
Philadelphia on opening night, but have since dropped overtime contests to
Montreal and New Jersey.
On Saturday at the Devils, the Rangers lost despite firing 35 shots at
goaltender Martin Brodeur. Jason Ward and Martin Rucinsky both scored for New
York, but Jersey's Brian Rafalski tallied the game-winner 3:17 into overtime.
Rookie goaltender Henrik Lundqvist finished with 24 saves in his NHL debut.
Jagr posted two goals and two assists in the first two games of the season,
but was held off the scoresheet on Saturday. Of course, Jagr was acquired from
Washington during the 2003-04 season when the Capitals were dumping much of
the starpower on their roster.
New York will begin a four-game homestand against the Devils on Thursday.
Washington, meanwhile, opened the season with a 3-2 win over Columbus, but was
swept in a home-and-home by Atlanta. The Caps were outscored by a 15-4 margin
in the two games combined.
On Saturday, Marc Savard had a goal and four assists and former Capital Peter
Bondra had two goals and an assist to lead the Thrashers. Jamie Heward scored
the lone goal for the Capitals, who played their first away game of the young
Goaltender Olaf Kolzig finished with 34 saves in the loss.
Washington will visit Carolina on Tuesday.
The Rangers and Capitals split four games during the 2003-04 season.
10/10 10:31:27 ET