National Hockey League
Preview
Washington at NY Rangers
When: 3:00 PM ET, Sunday, March 29, 2015
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

Rick Nash told the New York Daily News the New York Rangers "don't want to be that team that clinches a playoff spot and sits back." After falling flat in their first game since securing a postseason berth, the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers look to avoid a third loss in four games when they host the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon. Nash scored to reach the 40-goal plateau for the third time in his career but saw his team drop a lackluster 4-2 decision to Boston on Saturday.

Henrik Lundqvist yielded four goals on 30 shots in his first start since Feb. 2 due to a vascular injury, and coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that Cam Talbot would get the nod versus the Capitals. Like New York, Washington also dug itself a sizable deficit before dropping a 4-3 decision to Nashville on Saturday afternoon. Braden Holtby yielded three goals on 13 shots before being relieved in the second period and also surrendered three tallies by Nash in the Rangers' 4-2 victory over the Capitals on Dec. 23.

TV: 3 p.m. ET, NHLN, TVA, CSN-DC (Washington), MSG (New York)

ABOUT THE CAPITALS (40-25-10): With its second loss in six games, Washington saw its lead over Boston in the race for the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference dip to three points. Troy Brouwer ended a 12-game drought by scoring twice versus the Predators to reach the 20-goal plateau for the third time in his career. Captain Alex Ovechkin has been held off the scoresheet in four of his last five contests but did net his team's lone goal in 3-1 setback to New York on March 11 and has 34 points (19 goals, 15 assists) in 37 career meetings with the Rangers.

ABOUT THE RANGERS (47-20-7): Nash's goal on Saturday snapped an eight-game drought and was his third in 16 contests, with an empty-net tally included in mix. "I care about wins, that's it," Nash said after being reminded that he resides one goal shy of tying his career high - set with Columbus in 2003-04. Sunday's contest will see the return of Talbot, who posted a 16-4-3 record with a 2.16 goals-against average in Lundqvist's absence - a stretch that also included a 28-save performance versus the Capitals.

OVERTIME

1. With 101 points, New York trails Anaheim (103), Nashville (102) and Montreal (102) in the race for the Presidents' Trophy - but has three, two and two games in hand, respectively.

2. The Capitals are 0-for-11 on the power play in their last four contests but converted once in each of the first two meetings with the Rangers.

3. New York LW Tanner Glass was fined $3,897.85 - the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement - for butt-ending Boston D Adam McQuaid on Saturday.

PREDICTION: Rangers 4, Capitals 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Washington 40-25-6-4 L1 21-12-2-3 19-13-4-1 5-4-1-0 35-21-5-4 15-8-4-0
NY Rangers 47-20-2-5 L1 23-9-1-4 24-11-1-1 5-2-1-0 42-18-1-5 19-5-0-1
Last Meeting
Washington NY Rangers
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/11/15 NYR 3 WAS 1 29 28 1-3 31 28 0-3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Washington E. Kuznetsov 1
NY Rangers K. Hayes 2
Goals Player  
Washington A. Ovechkin 1
NY Rangers C. Hagelin 1
Assists Player  
Washington E. Kuznetsov 1
NY Rangers K. Hayes 2
Saves Player  
Washington B. Holtby 28
NY Rangers C. Talbot 28
Season
Total Points Player  
Washington A. Ovechkin 76
NY Rangers R. Nash 66
Goals Player  
Washington A. Ovechkin 50
NY Rangers R. Nash 40
Assists Player  
Washington N. Backstrom 57
NY Rangers D. Brassard 41
Saves Player  
Washington B. Holtby 1789
NY Rangers H. Lundqvist 1125
Quickchart Matchup
Washington Off vs  NY Rangers Def
2.85 GF
2.26 GA
29.8 Shots
29.5 Shots
54 PP
34 PK
NY Rangers Off vs  Washington Def
3 GF
2.43 GA
31.5 Shots
28.9 Shots
35 PP
45 PK