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Game 23 Preview and Open Thread: New York Rangers @ Ottawa Senators

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Somehow already volume III of this season series

Ottawa Senators v New York Rangers Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

The Senators head home coming off an overtime win in Montreal that had just about everything you could ask for according to the hater’s guide for Senators fandom. Montreal outshot Ottawa badly, Craig Anderson bailed the Sens out, Pageau scored against the Habs, and Brady did what he does best. The Rangers meanwhile took out the Washington Capitals at Mad Garden 4-1 on Wednesday.

The Sens and Rags have split the season series so far with the road team winning both of the first two meetings on October 5th and November 4th. We might miss out on a couple of players facing off against their old teams as Mika Zibanejad continues to recover from injury and Vladislav Namestnikov left Tuesday night’s game with an apparent injury and was placed on IR today.

The Sens recalled Max Lajoie, and J.C. Beaudin this morning, then Christian Jaros as well after Cody Goloubef left the morning skate. Erik Brannstrom in out for tonight, but possible for Monday. Nikita Zaitsev also missed this morning’s skate, and is in Russia for personal reasons. Here are the lines, with guesswork for the d pairings. DJ Smith said there may be a lot of mixing & matching with the D tonight.

Paul-Pageau-C. Brown
Tkachuk-L. Brown-Duclair
Ennis-Tierney-White
Chlapik-Beaudin-Veronneau

Chabot-DeMelo/Lajoie
Borowiecki-DeMelo/Lajoie
Hainsey-Jaros

Nilsson (starter)
Anderson

Based on the Rangers lineup from Wednesday, expect something like:

Panarin-Strome-Fast
Buchnevich-Kreider-Chytil
Lemieux-Howden-Kaako
Gettinger-McKegg-Smith

Trouba-Hajek
Deangelo-Skjei
Lindgren-Fox

Lundqvist
Georgiev

Game Notes:

  • The Sens have the statistical edge in this one as they (barely) rank above the Rangers in several five-on-five categories. New York, naturally, has a pronounced advantage on the powerplay, though.
  • The Rangers look extremely top-heavy a la Stone-Karlsson Senators of yore. Suffice to say, if Ottawa can keep Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba off the score sheet, the home crowd will have plenty to cheer about.
  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau gets to face another one of his favourite opponents tonight. In his career, Pageau has 13 regular season points against the Habs and 11 against the Rangers (with six playoff goals against New York to boot).
  • The Rangers do not have veteran defender Marc Staal at their disposal as he recovers from surgery.
  • The game starts at 7:30 and you can catch it on TSN5, RDS, and TSN1200

Eat stats, nerds! (courtesy, as always, of naturalstattrick)

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators New York Rangers
Category Player # Player #
Goals Jean-Gabriel Pageau 13 Artemi Panarin 11
Assists Connor Brown 12 Artemi Panarin/Pavel Buchnevich 14
Points Jean-Gabriel Pageau 17 Artemi Panarin 25
Shots Brady Tkachuk 79 Artemi Panarin 60
Time On Ice Thomas Chabot 25:17 Jacob Trouba 22:35

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators New York Rangers
# Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.75 22nd 3.34 8th
Goals against/GP 3.12 20th 3.45 27th
Shots/GP 29.26 23rd 29.15 24th
Shots against/GP 33.82 29th 35.63 30th
Powerplay % 8.30 31st 22.73 10th
Penalty Kill % 81.71 16th 72.60 28th
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted) 46.13 29th 46.02 30th
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA) 47.18 28th 43.82 31st