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Game 69: New York Rangers @ Ottawa Senators

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New York Rangers
@ Ottawa Senators

Thursday, Mar 8, 2012, 7:30 PM EST
Scotiabank Place

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Having ended their losing streak at two games, the Ottawa Senators will try to win consecutive games when they host the New York Rangers tonight. The Senators will get a bit of a break with Henrik Lundqvist getting the night off and Martin Biron starting.

For the Senators, Jim O'Brien will return to the lineup in the place of Zenon Konopka. Otherwise the lines are the same, Chris Phillips will play with a cage. Courtesy of Sylvain St-Laurent, ici sont les trios et duos.

Colin Greening - Jason Spezza - Milan Michalek
Rob Klinkhammer - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno - Jim O'Brien - Chris Neil
Kaspars Daugavins - Zack Smith - Erik Condra

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen - Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips - Matt Gilroy

Ben Bishop (starter)
Alex Auld

More after the jump.

Here is what to look out for tonight:

  • Will Bishop look more comfortable?: Ben Bishop didn't look very confident in his first game, but he did decent enough. Will he do better in his second game?
  • Spread the scoring: Ottawa's five non-empty net goals were scored by five different players. With the Rangers playing their backup goaltender, Ottawa has a decent chance to be among the goals again.
  • Red hot power play: Ottawa's power play is now up to 5th in the NHL for the season. The Rangers have the second worst power play in the NHL by contrast. Can the Senators win this game with the man advantage?
  • Zack Smith's struggles: His streak without a point is now up to 13 straight games. Will tonight be the night he ends it?