Washington skated to a 1-1 tie at Montreal on Saturday. Andreas Salomonsson scored the only goal in the third period for the Capitals, who held a 35-30 edge in shots.
New York suffered a disappointing 4-1 home loss to Atlanta, the worst team in hockey. The Rangers had a paltry 24 shots and fell to the lowly Thrashers for the second time this season.
The teams are meeting for the fourth time this season, with each winning once and skating to a tie. The last matchup was 11 days ago here when the Rangers pulled out a 2-1 overtime win on Joel Bouchard’s goal.
Kolzig has played well recently, not allowing more than three goals in his last 18 games (10-4-4). He also has conceded two goals or less in 12 games in that span.
Rangers winger Petr Nedved has a four-game point streak in which he has one goal and four assists.