Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Ottawa
2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 1 at Madison Square Garden
The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in Game One of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. On Saturday, the Blueshirts were defeated by the Washington Capitals, 4-1, in their regular season finale. New York finished with a 7-4-0 mark in the final 11 contests. The Rangers enter tonight's contest with a 198-216-8 record all-time in 422 playoff contests (110-83-2 at home; 88-133-6 on the road). New York has posted a 41-47-5 record all-time in Game Ones of playoff series. New York also enters the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference having posted a record of 51-24-7 overall (27-12-2 at home; 24-12-5 on the road) for 109 points. The Rangers' 51 wins ranked second in franchise history, while their 109 points tied for second all-time. The Blueshirts finished second in the NHL overall, tied for first in wins and led the league with 47 wins in regulation and overtime. New York is one of four Eastern Conference teams to have posted 40 or more wins in at least six seasons since 2005-06, and one of four teams in the East to have advanced to the playoffs in six of the last seven years.
Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG Network with pregame coverage beginning at 6 p.m. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN Radio and on satellite radio at XM 92.
* The Rangers were 1-2-1 overall (0-1-1 at home; 1-1-0 on the road) against the Senators during the 2011-12 regular season. Two of the four meetings were decided by one goal, including one that required the shootout. Marian Gaborik led the Rangers in scoring with three goals and five points in the four games, while Derek Stepan tallied a team-high, three assists to go along with a one goal. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-1-1 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .905 save percentage, and Martin Biron was 0-1-0 with a 3.08 goals-against average and .857 save percentage.
* The Rangers are 8-5-2 in the last 15 regular season games against the Senators.
* The Blueshirts have won six of their last seven games in Ottawa, out-scoring the Senators, 20-12, in those contests.
* Biron's start in the Rangers' final meeting with the Senators on Mar. 8 ended Lundqvist's streak of 26 consecutive appearances against Ottawa, dating back to Dec. 26, 2005.
* The Rangers list no former Senators on their roster.
* Ottawa lists two former Rangers on its roster: Alex Auld (2009-10); Matt Gilroy (2009-10 to 2010-11).
Rangers vs. Senators Playoff History
The Rangers and current Senators franchise are meeting in the playoffs for the first time. The Blueshirts had previously met the original Ottawa Senators franchise in the 1930 playoffs. New York won that two-game, total goals Quarterfinal matchup, 6-3 (Mar. 20, 1930 at OTT, 1-1; Mar. 22, 1930 vs. OTT, 5-2).
All Time Regular Season -- Rangers vs. Senators
At MSG: 14-21-0-2
At Ottawa: 19-14-3-1
2011-12 Rangers vs. Ottawa
Oct. 29 Rangers 4, Senators 5 (SO) at MSG
Nov. 9 Rangers 3, Senators 2 at Ottawa
Jan. 12 Rangers 0, Senators 3 at MSG
March 8 Rangers 1, Senators 4 at Ottawa
Rangers-Senators Series Schedule
April 12 Rangers vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
April 13 Rangers vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
April 16 Rangers at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
April 18 Rangers at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
April 21 Rangers vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.*
April 22 Rangers at Ottawa, TBD*
April 26 Rangers vs. Ottawa, TBD*
* -- if necessary
* Michael Sauer has missed 58 games due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5.
* Steve Eminger has missed 12 games with an injury suffered on March 15.
* Mats Zuccarello has missed eight games with an injury suffered on March 23.
* The Rangers have lost 237 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.