|59||NY RANGERS||-125||Ov 5,-105||-135||Ov 5,+110|
|60||OTTAWA||+105||Un 5,-115||+115||Un 5,-130|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-3-0||-1||2-3||-1||1-4||2.0||24.8||2.6||32.2|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||0||3-2||0||3-2||3.0||33.0||2.4||27.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||15||39||11||11||15||2||3||450||8.7%||55||6||10.9%||57|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5||10||1||3||5||1||1||124||8.1%||20||1||5.0%||11|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||5||5||4||1||1||165||9.1%||18||2||11.1%||20|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||38||10||13||14||1||3||427||8.9%||58||9||15.5%||63|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||13||3||4||6||0||0||161||8.1%||19||3||15.8%||24|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||1||5||5||1||2||137||8.8%||12||0||0.0%||17|
|MARTIN BIRON (All Games)||3||3||83||77||92.8%||0||1-2||-1.6||1-2-0||-2||2-1|
|MARTIN BIRON (Road Games)||1||1||32||30||93.7%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)||3||3||83||77||92.8%||0||1-2||-1.6||1-2-0||-2||2-1|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)||13||12||342||313||91.5%||0||7-5||+1.2||7-5-0||+1||4-8|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Road Games)||4||4||129||118||91.5%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||1-3|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)||4||4||105||98||93.3%||0||3-1||+1.5||3-1-0||+1||2-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||6-3-0||+2||6-3||+2||2-7||2.7||31.6||1.4||32.9|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.8||3-2||+1.8||1-4||1.8||30.0||1.8||34.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||17||40||9||20||10||1||2||553||7.2%||62||10||16.1%||66|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9||24||6||12||6||0||0||284||8.5%||36||6||16.7%||41|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||0||6||2||1||1||150||6.0%||23||1||4.3%||13|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||32||14||5||11||2||3||538||5.9%||65||6||9.2%||54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||13||5||2||4||2||1||296||4.4%||31||2||6.5%||22|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||3||1||5||0||1||170||5.3%||18||1||5.6%||14|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (All Games)||14||14||438||416||95.0%||4||8-6||+1.6||8-6-0||+2||3-11|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (Home Games)||8||8||259||248||95.8%||2||6-2||+3.6||6-2-0||+4||2-6|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||138||131||94.9%||2||2-2||0||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|BEN BISHOP (All Games)||3||3||98||91||92.9%||0||1-2||-0.9||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|BEN BISHOP (Home Games)||1||1||37||36||97.3%||0||0-1||-1.6||0-1-0||-2||0-1|
|BEN BISHOP (Last 4 Games)||3||3||98||91||92.9%||0||1-2||-0.9||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ROBIN LEHNER (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NY RANGERS 3.22, OTTAWA 2.99|
|1/26/2013||TORONTO||5-2||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/29/2013||PHILADELPHIA||2-1||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||PITTSBURGH||0-3||L||0, -120||L|| ||U|
|2/2/2013||at TAMPA BAY||3-2||W||0, +105||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/5/2013||at NEW JERSEY||1-3||L||0, -105||L||5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||NY ISLANDERS||4-1||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||TAMPA BAY||5-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/12/2013||at BOSTON||4-3||W||0, +115||W||5 un||O|
|2/14/2013||NY ISLANDERS||3-4||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/17/2013||WASHINGTON||2-1||W||0, -180||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/19/2013||MONTREAL||1-3||L||0, -160||L||5 ev||U|
|2/21/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|2/23/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|2/28/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|1/25/2013||at TAMPA BAY||4-6||L||0, +110||L||5.5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||PITTSBURGH||1-2||L||0, -110||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/29/2013||WASHINGTON||3-2||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||MONTREAL||5-1||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/1/2013||at CAROLINA||0-1||L||0, +100||L||5.5 ev||U|
|2/3/2013||at MONTREAL||1-2||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/5/2013||BUFFALO||4-3||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/7/2013||CAROLINA||2-3||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/9/2013||WINNIPEG||0-1||L||0, -165||L||5.5 ov||U|
|2/12/2013||BUFFALO||2-0||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/13/2013||at PITTSBURGH||2-4||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/16/2013||at TORONTO||0-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/18/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-1||W||0, +175||W||5 ev||U|
|2/19/2013||NY ISLANDERS||3-1||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|2/28/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|3/2/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|3/3/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|NY RANGERS: |
LAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals.
COACH: John Tortorella, 6th season with Rangers, 145-100-26; 14th overall, 384-322-100 in NHL.
ADDED: LW Rick Nash, RW Arron Asham, C Micheal Haley, LW Taylor Pyatt, C Jeff Halpern.
LOST: C Artem Anisimov, C Brandon Dubinsky, D Tim Erixon, C John Mitchell, RW Brandon Prust, G Chad Johnson, D Jeff Woywitka, D John Scott, LW Ruslan Fedotenko.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Nash. The big power forward has finally emerged from relative obscurity and landed on the big stage. The 28-year-old Nash, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft by Columbus, played in only four playoff games in nine seasons with the Blue Jackets. His size and scoring ability will both be major factors for the Rangers' offense, which now boasts three premier forwards in Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.
OUTLOOK: With reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist in net, and Nash teaming up with Gaborik and Richards up front, the Rangers have every reason to believe they can again top the Eastern Conference in the regular season and carry that through the playoffs, as well.
LAST SEASON: 41-31-10, 92 points. Lost to New York Rangers 4-3 in first round
COACH: Paul MacLean, 2nd season with Senators and NHL, 41-31-10.
ADDED: RW Guillaume Latendresse, D Marc Methot, D Mike Lundin.
LOST: LW Nick Foligno, C Zenon Konopka, LW Nikita Filatov, D Matt Carkner, D Filip Kuba.
PLAYER TO WATCH: D Erik Karlsson's continued emergence as the NHL's top play-making defenseman. The 22-year-old Swede won his first Norris Trophy in only his second NHL season after leading all blue-liners with 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists).
OUTLOOK: A surprising run to the playoffs led to captain Daniel Alfredsson's decision to put off retirement for at least one more season. The Senators have the capacity to build on last year under the firm direction of MacLean, the longtime Red Wings' assistant, who had an impressive debut as a first-time head coach.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NY RANGERS-OTTAWA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Senators Preview* ==========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
New York (8-6-1) at Ottawa (9-6-2), 7:30 p.m. EDT
The New York Rangers were forced to the brink of first-round elimination in last season's playoffs by the eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators, and they're expecting to get another tough challenge in the first meeting of 2013 - especially with Rick Nash out again.
Nash will miss his second straight game Thursday night as New York visits an Ottawa team on a bit of a roll despite injury problems of its own.
The Rangers finished 2011-12 with the most points in the Eastern Conference, but they trailed the Senators 3-2 in their playoff series before winning a pair of one-goal games to advance.
Nash had not been acquired from Columbus yet, and he won't be around for this matchup either as he nurses an undisclosed injury. He also missed Tuesday's 3-1 home loss to Montreal, but coach John Tortorella refuses to use an injury to a key player as an excuse for New York (8-6-1) not meeting expectations.
"Everybody has injuries, but you just have to play," Tortorella said. "Nash is a big part of our team and has been a very good player, but he's out. We can't just have one line going.
"We need to get more out of our other guys more consistently - with Nash out or not."
Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin, who are Nash's usual linemates, each assisted on Anton Stralman's goal Tuesday, and Tortorella has lauded their solid play of late - especially during the team's 4-0-1 stretch prior to the latest defeat.
Hagelin has five goals and three assists during a five-game point streak, but Tortorella said getting production from only a couple players won't be enough.
"I still don't think we have enough of our guys playing consistently with pace," Tortorella said. "Quite honestly I think we're behind in our consistency."
Ottawa is dealing with its own injury problems, playing without forward Jason Spezza and reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, who had season-ending surgery to repair a torn Achilles suffered Feb. 13.
The Senators (9-6-2), though, have won their last two after beating the New York Islanders 3-1 on Tuesday.
"They're playing well," said Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who is 4-1-0 with a 1.58 goals-against average over his last five starts and should be in net Thursday. "They're missing some key guys but they have other guys stepping up right now and getting the job done."
Craig Anderson has been on top of his game, leading the NHL with a 1.57 GAA after making 37 saves Tuesday. He has a 1.92 GAA in 18 career starts versus the Rangers, including last year's playoffs.
"Everyone's kind of chipping in," Anderson said. "It's just my job to stop the puck, doesn't matter how many."
Coach Paul MacLean expects Thursday to be another tough battle as well, no matter who suits up for New York. The Rangers have won eight of the last 10 meetings in Ottawa, including the playoffs.
"I think it's a pretty important game," MacLean said. "There's a chance for a bit of a rivalry there. We're looking forward to it.
"It's a great opportunity to a team that put us out of the playoffs and we expect it to be a great game. They still have (Marian) Gaborik, they still have Lundqvist; they're going to be a handful."
Lundqvist had a 1.70 GAA in last year's playoff series and has a 1.63 GAA in 14 career starts at Ottawa.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 11:12:56 AM EST|