Game 57 Preview: New York Rangers @ Ottawa Senators

The rebuilding Rangers come to town

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)

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 and

Team Stats

Goals against/GP3.4430th2.563rd
Shots against/GP33.025th29.32nd
Powerplay %16.726th23.54th
Penalty Kill %76.227th83.34th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted)46.3229th53.972nd
Fenwick (5v5, SVA)46.9427th54.011st

Player Stats

GoalsMatt Duchene27Brad Marchand34
AssistsErik Karlsson (out)53Brad Marchand51
PointsKarlsson/Stone (both out)62Brad Marchand85
ShotsMike Hoffman253David Pastrnak236
TOI/GPErik Karlsson (out)26:44Zdeno Chara22:53

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