Game Notes: Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators
The Rangers face-off against the Ottawa Senators tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.) in the second of three straight home games. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 13-5-2, and rank first in the Eastern Conference with 28 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Bruins, 3-2, in a shootout on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, and have earned a point in four of their last five games (3-1-1). Following tonight's match, the Rangers will face-off against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, November 19, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.). The Senators, 6-9-2, currently rank 14th in the Eastern Conference standings with 14 points, and have lost their last four games.
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Rangers vs Senators Pre-Game Notes
* The Rangers are 8-3-1 at home this season; The Senators have posted a 3-4-1 record in eight road contests.
* The Rangers are 2-2-0 against the Northeast Division this season; The Senators have posted a 2-2-1 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.
* New York has notched six goals in 27 power play attempts over the last four games for a success rate of 22.2%.
* Last season, the Rangers held the Senators to one goal against in 14 power play opportunities (92.9%) in four contests.
* The last time the Rangers defeated the Senators at Madison Square Garden was on February 8, 2006 (5-1).
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 3-8-0 record, along with a 2.52 goals against average in 12 career regular season appearances vs. Ottawa; Last season, Lundqvist posted a .920 save percentage in four games vs. the Senators.
* Last season, Scott Gomez tied for the team lead with three points (one goal and two assists) in four contests vs. the Senators.
* Markus Naslund has registered 18 points (11 goals and seven assists) in 25 career games vs. the Senators; Gomez has notched 17 points (three goals and 14 assists) in 30 career games vs. Ottawa; Chris Drury has recorded 14 points (seven goals and seven assists) in 31 career contests vs. the Senators.
* Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in his last 11 appearances, and 15 of 17 contests overall.
* Naslund has registered seven points (five goals and two assists) in the last seven games at MSG.
* Nikolai Zherdev is three points shy of 200 career points.
* Michal Rozsival is looking to skate in his 500th NHL game.
* Gomez is two assists shy of 400 career assists.
* Derek Stepan, the Rangers' second round selection (51st overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has registered two goals and four assists for six points in 12 games with the University of Wisconsin Badgers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA); The freshman is currently tied for fourth on the team in assists (four), sixth in points (six) and eighth in goals (two).
* The Rangers have one former Senator on their roster; Wade Redden (1996-97 to 2007-08).
* Ottawa's roster lists no former Rangers.
All Time – Rangers vs. Senators
At MSG: 19-21-5-0
At Ottawa: 23-14-7-1
2008-09 - Rangers vs. Senators
Nov. 17 Rangers vs. Senators at MSG
Nov. 22 Rangers vs. Senators at Ottawa
Jan. 10 Rangers vs. Senators at Ottawa
March 22 Rangers vs. Senators at MSG
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 1 vs. Senators 3 at MSG
Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Nov. 17 Rangers vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Nov. 19 Rangers vs. Vancouver, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 Rangers at Ottawa, 3 p.m.
Nov. 24 Rangers vs. Phoenix, 7 p.m.
Nov. 26 Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 3-1-1
Last 10 NYR games: 6-3-1
* Scott Gomez has missed two contests with a leg injury.
* The Rangers have lost five manpower games due to injury or illness this season.
Highlights from Hartford
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The Wolf Pack won its first road game in five tries on Sunday, knocking off the Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado affilaite) by a 5-3 score in Cleveland. The Pack fell behind 2-0 in the first period, before scoring five of the final six goals of the game, for its highest offensive output of the season. The win gave Hartford a split of a two-game North-Division road trip, after a 3-2 defeat at Grand Rapids (Detroit affiliate) on Friday night. The Wolf Pack is now back over .500 for the year, at 7-6-0-1 for 15 points, and 1-3-0-1 on the road. Since starting the season 1-3-0-0, the Pack is 6-3-0-1 in its last 10 games. The club is in the midst of a stretch that sees it play five out of seven games, and nine out of 12, away from home, but the next two outings are at home. The first-place Portland Pirates (Buffalo affiliate) visit the XL Center on Wednesday evening (7:00), and the Lowell Devils (New Jersey affiliate) provide the opposition on Friday (7:00).
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