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Game 57 Preview: New York Rangers @ Ottawa Senators

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The rebuilding Rangers come to town

New York Rangers v Ottawa Senators Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images

The Rangers are in town for a Saturday matinee today. New York is coming off a 3-0 loss to New York, while the Sens had the thrilling last minute comeback. The Rangers are in full tear-down, while a win today for the Senators could move them up a full 3 spots in the standings, at least temporarily.

A few roster changes since Thursday. Gabriel Dumont has come off of IR, Colin White is back in Belleville, Max McCormick is back from Belleville, and Ryan Dzingel is expected to miss today’s game due to a family issue.

There was no morning skate and no lines reported from practice yesterday, but best guess it’s a straight swap of McCormick and Dumont for Dzingel and White.

Hoffman - Duchene - Gaborik
Smith - Brassard - Stone
Paajarvi - Pageau - Pyatt
McCormick - Shore - Dumont

Oduya - Karlsson
Harpur - Ceci
Borowiecki - Chabot

Anderson (starter)
Condon

Some thoughts:

  • I’m actually not to put off by Colin White being sent back down, if he was going to be getting 4th line minutes in Ottawa
  • On a side note, if you’re pulling for a higher draft pick, and annoyed about White being sent down - those kind of seem at odds to each other, so maybe pick one?
  • Looks like “giving both goalies time” was short lived. Anderson has started four of the last five, and starts again today
  • He hasn’t exactly had a great season, but I’d much rather see Fredrik Claesson in over Johnny Oduya. He’s at least got a chance of being back next season.
  • Erik Karlsson has five points in the last five games. At least that’s fun.

Here are the stats from nhl.com and naturalstattrick.com:

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Category Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 2.68 25th 3.25 6th
Goals against/GP 3.44 30th 2.56 3rd
Shots/GP 30.7 24th 32.8 11th
Shots against/GP 33.0 25th 29.3 2nd
Powerplay % 16.7 26th 23.5 4th
Penalty Kill % 76.2 27th 83.3 4th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 46.32 29th 53.97 2nd
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 46.94 27th 54.01 1st

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
-- Player # Player #
Goals Matt Duchene 27 Brad Marchand 34
Assists Erik Karlsson (out) 53 Brad Marchand 51
Points Karlsson/Stone (both out) 62 Brad Marchand 85
Shots Mike Hoffman 253 David Pastrnak 236
TOI/GP Erik Karlsson (out) 26:44 Zdeno Chara 22:53