Game Seventy-Three, the New York Rangers at the Ottawa Senators
Season Series: 1-0-0, Rangers
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The New York Rangers will look to rebound this evening after being thoroughly dominated by the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. Tonight, the Rangers will meet up with the red hot Ottawa Senators, who have been on quite a tear, largely thanks to the stellar play of Andrew 'The Hamburglar' Hammond. While the Kings game was certainly a wake up call for this Rangers, tonight will be another tough test against a desperate team looking to make the playoffs.
Depending on how the final standings shake out, this could be one of the matchups the Rangers are dealt during the first round of the playoffs. The Rangers will obviously need to be miles better than they were on Tuesday, and going up against yet another team fighting for their playoff lives will not be an easy task. The Rangers still have some injuries looming around, but the good news is that help is quickly becoming available.
Henrik Lundqvist is scheduled to dress tomorrow night, but will only be backing up Cam Talbot for the time being. However, Lundqvist is scheduled to play at least one of the two games this upcoming weekend against either the Boston Bruins or Washington Capitals. In addition, Martin St. Louis will be accompanying the team to Ottawa tomorrow, and is expected to take part in the morning skate to test out his injured knee.
The New York Rangers' March Schedule
3/2, Predators at Rangers, 7:00(win.) 3/4, Rangers at Red Wings, 8:00(overtime loss.) 3/8, Rangers at Blackhawks, 7:30(win.) 3/10, Rangers at Islanders, 7:00(win!!!) 3/11 Rangers at Capitals, 8:00(win) 3/14, Rangers at Sabres, 7:00(win) 3/15, Panthers at Rangers, 5:00(win) 3/18, Blackhawks at Rangers, 8:00(loss) 3/21, Rangers at Hurricanes, 7:00(win? Kinda.) 3/22, Ducks at Rangers, 7:30(the winniest of wins) 3/24, Kings at Rangers, 7:00(loss)
3/26, Rangers at Senators, 7:00
3/28, Rangers at Bruins, 1:00
3/29, Capitals at Rangers, 3:00
3/31, Rangers at Jets, 8:00
Bryan's Player To Watch: J.T. Miller
J.T. Miller has been an absolute monster as of late, and he picked up a beautiful assist on the first goal against the Los Angeles Kings. I think it's safe to assume that Miller has finally earned Alain Vigneault's trust, and will be a full time player going forward. He has shown some instant chemistry with Mats Zuccarello, and Derick Brassard, and it's safe to assume that trio will be paired together for at least the very near future.
Enjoy the game everyone!