Posted on: March 4, 2011 6:11 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 7:28 pm
New York Rangers (33-29-4) at Ottawa Senators (22-33-9)
Scotiabank Place, 7:30 pm ET
SEASON SERIES: Rangers 1-1-0; Senators 1-1-0
IMPLICATIONS: A victory by the Rangers moves them up to seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Sens will only hurt their chances in the draft. Here's our playoff tracker.
BREAKDOWN: The Rangers have scored four goals during their current three-game skid, a slump that began right after New York posted a 6-0 victory over the Washington Capitals. (The Rangers are 1-11 on the power play during this stretch.) After Ottawa, New York faces three teams with legit shots at the playoffs (Philadelphia, Anaheim and San Jose), so it might be a good idea to halt the free fall against the worst team record-wise in the East.
PLAYER Vs. PLAYER: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist vs. Senators goalie Craig Anderson. Anderson, acquired from Colorado before the deadline, is 4-1-1 with a shutout, a 1.48 GAA and .958 save percentage in his career against the Rangers. Lundqvist has a losing record (9-11-0) against Ottawa.
KEY STAT: 10-5-0. That’s the Rangers’ record in the second of back-to-back games this season, where they have outscored opponents 39-25. New York is coming off a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild at the Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
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