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Sunday, December 8th (All times Eastern)

Washington Capitals (15-12-2) at New York Rangers (15-14-1), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Capitals will try to win for the fourth time in five games when they visit the New York Rangers in Sunday's Metropolitan Division clash at Madison Square Garden.

Washington dropped a season-high four straight games from Nov. 20-27, but the club has since won three of four games and is coming off Saturday's 5-2 rout of visiting Nashville.

Eric Fehr posted a goal and an assist and Alex Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer, Karl Alzner and Nate Schmidt all scored for the Capitals, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead against the Predators in the first period and never allowed Nashville to get closer than two goals of the lead after that.

"We came out strong and that's the way you want to start games," said Fehr. "We did a real good job of getting the puck out of our zone and keeping it deep in theirs. It was a pretty good win."

Braden Holtby stopped 34 shots in the win. With his team playing on consecutive days, Washington's No. 1 goaltender could get a rest Sunday if head coach Adam Oates decides to start rookie Philipp Grubauer against the Rangers.

The Rangers and Capitals are meeting for the second time this season after New York recorded a 2-0 win in D.C. on Oct. 16. The Blueshirts have claimed three of the last four regular-season meetings in this series, but Washington has taken two of three at MSG.

Of course, the Caps and Rangers also met in the opening round of last spring's playoffs. New York won that series in seven games, taking the decisive contest by a 5-0 score in D.C.

New York and Washington have met in the playoffs four times over the past five seasons. The Caps won the first two series in 2009 and 2011 before the Rangers ousted Washington in each of the past two postseasons.

The Blueshirts will try to bounce back from a loss after dropping the opener of the longest homestand in club history on Saturday. New York began the nine- game residency at MSG against the rival New Jersey Devils and dropped a 4-3 overtime decision after Eric Gelinas scored a power-play goal for the visitors just 1:15 into the extra session.

New Jersey trailed 2-0 early in the second, but ripped off three straight goals to jump in front before Chris Kreider scored on a power play with 21.3 seconds left in regulation to bring the Rangers even. New York's Ryan Callahan took a high-sticking double-minor 1:02 into the extra session, and Gelinas lit the lamp with a blast from the top of the right circle just 13 seconds into the man advantage.

Mats Zuccarello notched a goal and an assist and Brad Richards scored once for the Rangers, who have lost all three meetings with New Jersey this season. Henrik Lundqvist allowed all four goals on 24 shots in defeat.

"It's a big point," Lundqvist said of picking up a point despite the loss. "We never gave up so that's a good sign. We just didn't get the bounces tonight."

Lundqvist, who signed a seven-year contract extension with the Rangers on Wednesday, will get the call again on Sunday, marking only the second time this season the Swede will start on consecutive days. Lundqvist picked up a win against Los Angeles on Oct. 7 before getting pulled from his start the next day after allowing four goals on 26 shots in a 9-2 loss to San Jose,

The veteran goaltender is 15-7-3 with a 2.56 goals against average in 25 career games against the Capitals.

New York, which will continue its lengthy homestand Tuesday against Nashville, is just 5-6-1 at MSG this season.

12/08 10:50:14 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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