The Rangers are hurting offensively, and Alex Ovechkin has already caused enough pain in New York.

New York (25-25-7), loser of two of three on its West Coast swing and six of seven overall, returns to Madison Square Garden at 7 tonight to face the Capitals (38-12-6), who've won a franchise-record 11 straight and lead the Eastern Conference with 82 points.

The last time the Capitals were in New York, on Jan. 26, they took down the Islanders 5-2. A stray Ovechkin snapshot connected with Jack Hillen's face, putting him out six to eight weeks with a broken jaw.

Olli Jokinen, acquired by the Rangers Monday, may not be on the top line tonight after their offense again sputtered Tuesday in a 2-1 loss to the Kings in Los Angeles. As Steve Zipay reported earlier, Jokinen skated between Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan this morning. John Tortorella wouldn't say where Jokinen would start.

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It could be a feeling-out process: do you get Jokinen off the top line to get him more scoring opportunities? Tortorella, something of a mad scientist, could also be playing the match-ups. At this point, why not?

The Rangers are averaging 2.49 goals per game — tying them with Montreal for third fewest in the NHL. The Rangers haven't scored a power-play goal in seven straight, the worst stretch they've been through in a decade.

That brings us back to Ovechkin. He's second in the league with 77 points, one behind Henrik Sedin. His third-period, empty-netter Tuesday gave the Caps their third goal in the period and a 4-1 record-setting victory over Boston. Ovechkin has 21 points since the win streak began.

Evan Drellich here to take you through the game.