Rangers look to stop losing streak, take on Capitals at the Garden

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Feb 24, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) makes a save on Washington Capitals right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) as defenseman Ryan Lindgren (55) defends during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers need to start worrying.

After blowing a 2-1 third period lead against their Metro Division rivals, the Washington Capitals, they’ve now lost four straight (0-3-1). Over their last 18 games, they are below .500 at 8-9-1 and look like a fringe playoff team instead of a Stanley Cup contender.

“They had two chances in the third period and scored on both of them,” said a frustrated Peter Laviolette. “We’ve got to win a game tomorrow. That’s the objective.”

On Sunday, the two teams will conclude the home-and-home, and the season series. Washington holds a 2-1-0 edge as the Rangers hope to stop the bleeding and split for the year.

Here’s tonight’s game and broadcast info:

New York Rangers (26-13-2) vs Washington Capitals (20-14-6)
Date/Time: January 14, 2024 @ 1:00 PM ET
Arena: Madison Square Garden
TV: MSG
Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM

Note: Subject to change, updated for each game

Related: Looking at the Rangers midseason slump

New York Rangers projected lineup

NHL: Washington Capitals at New York Rangers
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The Blueshirts lineup should look the same, but with Igor Shesterkin in goal.

Kreider- Zibanejad – Cuylle
Panarin – Trocheck – Lafreniere
Vesey – Goodrow – Wheeler
Blidh – Bonino – Brodzinski

Lindgren – Fox
Miller – Trouba
Gustafsson – Schneider

Shesterkin
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Note: Head coach Peter Laviolette will address the media at 10:40 a.m. ET. Check back here for any updates.

New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals

The Rangers losing skid is now at four straight losses and a cause for concern. Despite all the players publicly showing optimism in the face of adversity, this team is struggling to hold leads, as they blew another on Saturday. New York has scored first in the last three games, and lost every single one.

“It’s one that slipped away from us,” Adam Fox, who scored twice stated. “You’re not going to win every game. It’s a stretch and we’re obviously going through it. It’s frustrating and we’re going to have to come together to get out of it.”

New York is currently 1-3-1 to start 2024 and in desperate need of a vintage Igor Shesterkin performance to end this slide.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore