New York Rangers Report, 12/8/17: Back to work against Washington
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The New York Rangers were back on the ice as they prepare to take Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

  • New York Rangers (15-10-2)
  • Washington Capitals (17-11-1)
  • Television: MSG Networks
  • Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.

For those who don’t remember those lines are:

And on defense:

Not making any line changes is the smart move from head coach Alain Vigneault. He has found the right combinations and they continue to work with team 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.

Lundqvist back in net

Henrik Lundqvist did not dress in the Rangers 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins due to the flu. He is feeling better and is expected to back between the pipes against a familiar foe. Lundqvist has had success against Washington posting a 21-11-4 record in 36 career games. He holds a .909 save percentage and a 2.61 goal against average.

Lundqvist is 10-2-0 in his last 13 games with a .930 save percentage and a 2.22 goals against average. He has once again re-emerged as one of the best goaltenders in the game at the age of 35 and it doesn’t look like he is slowing down.

Shattenkirk called out

The Washington Capitals acquired Kevin Shattenkirk at last seasons trade deadline. Shattenkirk was the best player available at the deadline and Washington decided to go all in. Ultimately it didn’t work out in Washington and with him facing the Capitals for the first time since leaving in free agency Capitals coach Barry Trotz reflected on Shattenkirk’s time in D.C.

Shattenkirk handled the Barry Trotz comments gracefully and had nothing bad to say about his time with the Capitals. Shattenkirk is slowly improving defensively this season but still isn’t at top-two level. He is currently in the first year of a four-year contract signed this past summer.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.