Interim head coach opted to play the healthy six defensemen and sit both Bruno Gervais and Jack Hillen.
Gervais is still 'a little dinged up" after his scuffle with Devils defenseman Colin White resulted in a fractured right cheekbone. Hillen has yet to play since suffering a concussion against San Jose November 11.
"No need to rush either of them," Capuano said.
That means Bridgeport call-ups Dylan Reese and Travis Hamonic will play against the Rangers as well as Andrew MacDonald , who has been out for six weeks with a broken right hand.
In addition to Hamonic's first taste of the rivalry, Matt Martin will be playing his first game against the Blueshirts tonight at Nassau Coliseum.
"For guys like myself, Z [Zenon Konopka] and Gillies, these are our type of games," martin said. "We like when things get a little ugly, that's when we show our true colors."