Game 19 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ New York Rangers

The Sens head into the Big Apple hoping to come out victorious on the second half of a back-to-back

After not finishing on their chances last night, the Senators head into New York with a bitter taste in their mouth. The Rangers are second-last in their conference, but don’t let their record fool you; they still have 20 points on the year and have four lines that can hurt.

With Zack Smith and Chris Wideman still out due to injury, Guy Boucher played Ben Harpur yesterday afternoon to go 11-7. Tonight, he give Nick Paul a slot on the fourth line and run 11-6.

Dzingel - Brassard - Stone

Pyatt - Duchene - Ryan

Hoffman - Pageau - Burrows

Paul - Thompson - DiDomenico

Oduya - Karlsson

Phaneuf - Ceci

Claesson - Borowiecki


Kreider - Zibanejad - Buchnevich

Grabner - Miller - Zuccarello

Nash - Hayes - Fast

Vesey - Nieves - Carey

McDonagh - Holden

Skjei - Shattenkirk

Staal - Smith


Some notes for tonight:

  • The Rangers were shutout on Friday against the Blue Jackets, adding fans to the “Fire Vigneault” flames
  • Their lines look scary, but a majority of the offence has come from Kreider - Zibanejad - Buchnevich
  • Kevin Shattenkirk has played 7 more games than Erik Karlsson, but is tied with 17 points.
  • Boucher has decided to spread the wealth again on offence, when really, the Sens have been generating enough at 5-on-5 but just haven’t had the puck luck. Pyatt - Pageau - DiDomenico, a good third line, has been split up, with Pyatt moving up to play with Duchene and Hoffman moving down. Hope it doesn’t stay that way.
  • Ditto for the Sens D pairings: sometimes, Phaneuf takes shifts on RD, and sometimes it’s Claesson/Borowiecki. Wideman’s injury and Harpur’s call-up still leaves the Sens with only two natural right-shot defenders/

Here are some stats for each team, with data coming from Natural Stat Trick and

Team Stats

CategoryOttawa SenatorsSenatorsNew YorkRangers
Goals against/GP3.0619th3.325th
Shots against/GP29.96th32.618th
Corsi (5v5, Score and Venue adjusted)47.8425th48.1823rd
Fenwick (5v5, SVA)50.5211th48.2223rd

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