Inside the Numbers: NYR/WSH (March 24)

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Picking up Points Against Caps

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With their point Sunday night, the Rangers have now secured at least one point in eight of their last 10 regular season games against the Washington Capitals. The Blueshirts have gone 7-2-1 against the Caps over that span, outscoring them 34-19.

Southern Hospitality

The Rangers have gone 21-6-3 in their last 30 games against Southeast Division teams, including a 6-3-1 mark this season.

 

Power Play Spark

The Rangers scored a power play goal for the firs time since March 10, also against the Washington Capitals. Over that stretch, the Rangers went 0-for-12. Over the last 19 games, the Rangers power play has gone 10-for-52 (19.2 percent.)

 

Callahan leads the team with five power play goals, with Stepan in second with three.

 

Rangers Outshoot Caps

The Rangers outshot Washington, 32-24, including 25-10 after the first period. Sunday marked the 16th game the Rangers outshot their opponents, and the team is 9-5-2 when doing so.

 

Rangers Get Physical

The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 47-27, Sunday night. 

 

17 of the Rangers 18 skaters registered at least one hit, with Callahan and Brian Boyle leading the way with six hits a piece. Callahan ranks No. 11 in the league with 106 hits, while Boyle is No. 9, with 107.

 

 

As a team, the Rangers are No. 4 in the NHL with 942 hits this season.

 

Block Brigade

The Rangers finished Sunday night's game with 23 blocked shots. Defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Steve Eminger both finished with three a piece, while six other players finished with two. McDonagh is No. 21 in the NHL with 64 blocks, while his partner, Dan Girardi, is No. 7 with 80.

 

Playing Catchup

For the 20th time in 31 games this season, the Rangers allowed the first goal of the contest. When allowing the first goal, the Rangers are 7-11-2, compared to 8-2-1 when scoring first.

 

"We've been talking about our starts. We've been focusing on it," Richards said. "For some reason it keeps happening. I wish I knew, but it has been our focus the last couple games to try and come out and start. We've taken a penalty both of those games and they get power play goals. It's something to address. Stay out of the box early and try not to give anybody any momentum. They had the best power play in the league coming in. Sometimes it's tough at home. We want to have a good start but things kind of mount on you."