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(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers will try to close out 2006 on a positive note, as they welcome the Washington Capitals to Madison Square Garden tonight.

The Rangers are in the midst of a season-high seven-game losing streak (0-7-0) and haven't won since December 14 in Dallas. The drought is the longest for the club since dropping eight in a row from March 12-25, 2004.

The latest setback for New York came Friday evening in Ottawa, as Ray Emery stopped all 27 shots he faced to lead the Sens to a 1-0 victory over the Rangers. Daniel Alfredsson scored the game's lone goal early in the first period.

The Rangers lost their fifth straight road contest and were shut out for the second straight game. Having been blanked by the Islanders on Wednesday, the Rangers have now gone over 150 minutes without scoring a goal.

Henrik Lundqvist allowed a bad goal on the game's first shot, but managed to stop the next 27 shots he faced.

Friday's game marked the end of a four-game road trip for the Blueshirts. Beginning tonight, the Rangers will alternate home and away tilts for the next four games.

New York is 7-7-3 as the host club this season.

The Capitals have dropped their last three games and were handed a 4-3 defeat in New Jersey on Friday. Scott Gomez scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Devils.

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