by Patrick Hoffman on 12/28/11 at 01:34 PM ET
That is what the New York Rangers will be doing tonight in Washington when they look for their sixth straight win against the Washington Capitals.
It is easy to say that the Blueshirts are on fire right now. They have won five straight games and are currently first not only in the Atlantic Division, but the entire Eastern Conference as well with a 22-8-4 record.
On the other side, the Capitals are one struggling hockey club right now. They are inconsistent in all areas of their game and are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. The coaching change has yet to have its full effect on the team and something needs to change sooner rather than later for Dale Hunter and his club.
These two teams met back on Thanksgiving weekend. It was a game in which the Blueshirts came out on top with a 6-3 win and got some timely saves from netminder Henrik Lundqvist.
With that said, the Capitals will be facing a much different Blueshirts team tonight. This Rangers’ hockey club is one that is confident, works hard every night, is competitive every single game and knows its identity. These characteristics have enabled the team to go 8-2 in its last 10 games and show the rest of the league that they are for real this season.
It should be a good one tonight in Washington and should the Rangers find a way to win, it’ll be six straight for one heckuva hockey club.
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