Rangers Game Thread: Rangers Vs. Senators

Honestly, who names their team the Senators?

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Lately I've been embedding a fancy little widget SB Nation provides us with that shows the Eastern Conference standings but I'm not going to do that tonight. Not because I'm trying to make some kind of statement but because looking at it while I write out this game thread post causes me real anxiety. What's that you say? Why don't you just add it after you've typed up the Game Thread so it doesn't bother you the whole time? Because that's not how I do things. Do you run up to turtles and scream at them to adapt and evolve? You do? What kind of a monster are you.

In their last ten games the Senators are playing even worse than the Rangers! They're 3-5-2 but have a little bit more firepower up front than they had the last time we saw them. On deadline day the Senators acquired Ales Hemsky from the Edmonton Oilers and thus far the change of scenery has been good for Hemsky. In 5 games in Ottawa he's put up 7 points.

The Rangers are 4-5-1 in their last ten games and need to start winning now. One glance at the Metropolitan Division standings and/or the Eastern Conference standings should tell you all you need to know about the Rangers games this week; each game is as close to a "must win" as you can get at this point of the season.

Mike's Player to Watch: Rick Nash

Everyone seems to be talking about Rick Nash's current goal scoring drought so I thought I'd join in on the fun as well. Nash's last goal came against the 'Canes on March 7th and it wasn't exactly a beauty. It's hard to know what to expect from Nash with how banged up he's been since becoming a Ranger but the Rangers need him to start scoring more goals. If he isn't scoring goals he should be peppering the net with shots and picking up assists. No matter how he does it, we need Rick Nash to start making a bigger impact on games. Look for Nash to have a good game against a Craig Anderson-less Senators team tonight.

Let's go Rangers! Please just win.