GAME NOTES: Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators
The Rangers face off against the Ottawa Senators tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.) in their fifth game in eight days. The Blueshirts are currently in second place in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 17-14-4, and rank seventh in the Eastern Conference with 38 points. New York enters the contest having lost to the Avalanche, 4-3, in overtime on Friday at the Pepsi Center and have now earned at least one point in four of their last six games, going 2-2-2 during the stretch. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, December 26 at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Senators, 22-8-4, are currently in first place in the Northeast Division with 48 points and have lost their last two games.
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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised by MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on WABC (770 AM).
Rangers vs. Senators Pre-Game Notes:
* The Rangers are 11-7-0 at MSG this season; The Senators have posted a 11-3-2 record in 16 road contests.
* The Rangers are 2-4-1 against the Northeast Division this season; The Senators are 5-2-2 vs. Atlantic Division opponents.
* New York has tallied 11 goals in their last 47 power play opportunities (23.0%), including four multi-goal efforts, in the last 11 games.
* Henrik Lundqvist has held the Senators to seven goals in three games this season for a 2.37 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.
* In three games vs. the Senators this season, Marcel Hossa leads the Rangers with three points (three assists), and Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan have notched two goals apiece.
* Jagr has registered 36 goals and 39 assists for 75 points in 58 career games vs. the Senators; Brendan Shanahan has collected 31 points (16 goals and 15 assists) in 26 career matches vs. Ottawa.
* Two Rangers Ppayers have recorded hat tricks vs. the Senators - Jagr (twice), Nov. 2, 1996 (Tugnutt) and Nov. 26, 1999 (Lalime); Shanahan, Feb. 26, 1994 (Billington).
* Scott Gomez enters the game riding an eight-game point streak, registering three goals and eight assists for 11 points over the span; Jagr (four assists), Martin Straka (two goals and three assists) and Michal Rozsival (two goals and three assists) each enter the contest with three game scoring streaks.
* Rozsival leads the Rangers in shooting percentage (17.6%) and ranks first in the NHL in goals by a defenseman with nine goals.
* Since he became a Ranger on Feb. 5, New York has posted a record of 26-10-7 in 43 games with Sean Avery in the lineup and are 8-10-3 in the 21 games he has not dressed.
* Shanahan is one goal shy of Dave Andreychuk for 11th on the NHL's All-time goals list.
* Straka needs one goal to reach 250 career goals.
* Paul Mara is one assist shy of 150 career assists.
* The last time the Rangers defeated the Senators at Madison Square Garden was on February 8, 2006 (5-1).
* Bobby Sanguinetti, the Rangers' first round pick (21st overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, has registered 17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points in 33 games with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL); The Trenton, New Jersey native was recently named to represent the United States in the 2008 IIHF World Under-20 Championship, to be played in the Czech Republic beginning on December 26, 2007.
* The Rangers have one former Senator on their roster; Straka (1994-95 to 1995-96).
* The Senators roster lists no former Rangers; Head Coach John Paddock guided New York's American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, to the Calder Cup in 2000; Assistant Coach, Ron Low, served as the Head Coach for the Rangers from 2000-2002.
All-Time - Rangers vs. Senators
At MSG: 19-20-5-0
At Ottawa: 23-14-7-1
2007-08 – Rangers vs. Senators
Oct. 6 Rangers 0 vs. Senators 2 at Ottawa
Oct. 13 Rangers 1 vs. Senators 3 at MSG
Dec. 1 Rangers 5 vs. Senators 2 at Ottawa
Dec. 23 Rangers vs. Senators at MSG
Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
Dec. 23 Rangers vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Dec. 26 Rangers vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
Dec. 29 Rangers at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Dec. 30 Rangers vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.
Jan. 2 Rangers at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 1-2-2
Last 10 NYR games: 3-5-2
* Sean Avery underwent successful wrist surgery on Nov. 29 and has missed 11 games.
* Marcel Hossa has missed four games with the flu.
* The Rangers have lost 75 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.
Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:
The Wolf Pack have lost three of their last four games (1-2-0-1), after suffering only their second regulation loss in their last 12 games (8-2-0-2) on Saturday night, a 4-3 home defeat at the hands of the Syracuse Crunch (Columbus affiiliate). That was after the Pack saw took a 1-0 lead into the final two minutes of regulation Friday at home vs. Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate), only to see the Sound Tigers tie the score at 18:05 of the third frame and win in a shootout, 2-1. The Wolf Pack have at least a standings point in 14 of their last 17 games (12-3-0-2), and are off until Friday night (7:30), when they start a string of three road games in three days with a visit to Springfield (Edmonton affiliate). The Pack will be in Bridgeport Saturday night (7:00) and travel to Manchester (Los Angeles affiilate) next Sunday (4:05).
Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:
Andrew Hutchinson chipped in two assists on Saturday night vs. Syracuse. He is tied for fifth among AHL blueliners in helpouts (17) and tied for seventh in points (22).
Hugh Jessiman netted the Wolf Pack’s only goal Friday night, in a 2-1 shootout defeat against Bridgeport.
Al Montoya was named game’s Second Star in Friday night’s 2-1 shootout loss to Bridgeport, after making 24 saves. He is 6-1-2 in his last nine decisions and 7-2-2 in his last 11, after starting the season 1-3-1 in his first five.
Greg Moore registered two assists in Saturday night’s 4-3 home defeat vs. Syracuse, giving him 4-4-8 in the last five games. He leads the AHL in plus/minus at a +20, and is tied for fourth in the league in goals (15) and tied for tenth in points (31).
Thomas Pock tallied his first two-goal game of the season last night against Syracuse (Second Star). He has three goals in his last three games.
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