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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/28/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



NY RANGERS (16-13-0-3, 35 pts.) at OTTAWA (18-9-0-6, 42 pts.)
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Thursday, 3/28/2013 7:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
7NY RANGERS-105Ov 5,-105-120Ov 5,+100
8OTTAWA-115Un 5,-115+100Un 5,-120
NY RANGERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games16-16-0-5.816-16-5.89-172.430.52.428.6
Team Stats (Road Games)6-8-0-3.16-8-3.12-
Last 5 Games3-2-0-13-2-11-22.633.22.228.6
NY RANGERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)3278232129559778.0%991515.2%122
Team Stats (Road Games)142851011213807.4%40512.5%43
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)513543111667.8%13215.4%20
Stats Against (All Games) 78262524379158.5%1072018.7%131
Stats Against (Road Games) 34101112124208.1%43920.9%60
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 11622121437.7%13430.8%17
NY RANGERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BIRON (All Games)5513012092.3%12-3-1.62-3-0-22-2
MARTIN BIRON (Road Games)33797392.4%12-1+12-1-0+10-2
MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)4411010191.8%12-2-0.52-2-0-11-2
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)282778172092.2%114-13-4.114-13-0-57-15
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Road Games)111134031492.4%14-7-4.14-7-0-42-7
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)4411210492.9%02-2-22-2-0-21-1

OTTAWA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games18-15-0+3.818-15+3.89-182.632.22.233.2
Team Stats (Home Games)12-5-0+6.312-5+6.33-92.831.11.732.9
Last 5 Games4-1-0+3.24-1+3.22-13.627.82.230.0
OTTAWA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)33862432255710648.1%992020.2%143
Team Stats (Home Games)1747171611345288.9%491020.4%78
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5188271313912.9%8337.5%32
Stats Against (All Games) 722517246610966.6%1191310.9%119
Stats Against (Home Games) 297613325595.2%5459.3%48
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 11146001507.3%1616.2%19
OTTAWA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CRAIG ANDERSON (All Games)151545943795.2%49-6+2.99-6-0+33-11
CRAIG ANDERSON (Home Games)9928026996.1%27-2+4.87-2-0+52-6
CRAIG ANDERSON (Last 4 Games)4411711094.0%12-2+0.22-2-001-2
BEN BISHOP (All Games)111035232592.3%06-4+2.46-4-0+24-4
BEN BISHOP (Home Games)5415714994.9%03-1+1.53-1-0+10-2
BEN BISHOP (Last 4 Games)4412711489.8%03-1+2.23-1-0+23-0
ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)8828326694.0%03-5-1.53-5-0-22-3
ROBIN LEHNER (Home Games)4412211493.4%02-202-2-001-1
ROBIN LEHNER (Last 4 Games)4413212393.2%02-202-2-002-1
Average power rating of opponents played: NY RANGERS 3.12,  OTTAWA 3.07
NY RANGERS - Schedule
3/3/2013BUFFALO3-2W0, -210W5 ovP
3/5/2013PHILADELPHIA4-2W0, -130W5.5 unO
3/7/2013at NY ISLANDERS2-1W0, -110W5.5 unU
3/8/2013OTTAWA2-3L0, -165L5 evP
3/10/2013at WASHINGTON4-1W0, -115W5 ovP
3/12/2013at BUFFALO1-3L0, -155L5 ovU
3/14/2013at WINNIPEG1-3L0, -110L5 ovU
3/16/2013at PITTSBURGH0-3L0, +145L5.5 unU
3/18/2013CAROLINA2-1W0, -155W5.5 unU
3/19/2013at NEW JERSEY3-2W0, +100W5 unP
3/21/2013FLORIDA1-3L0, -245L5 ovU
3/24/2013WASHINGTON2-3L0, -155L5 ovP
3/26/2013at PHILADELPHIA5-2W0, +100W5 ovO
3/28/2013at OTTAWA 
3/30/2013at MONTREAL 
4/5/2013at PITTSBURGH 
4/6/2013at CAROLINA 
4/8/2013at TORONTO 

OTTAWA - Schedule
3/2/2013at PHILADELPHIA1-2L0, +145L5 ovU
3/3/2013at NY ISLANDERS2-3L0, +140L5.5 unU
3/6/2013at TORONTO4-5L0, +125L5 ovO
3/8/2013at NY RANGERS3-2W0, +145W5 evP
3/11/2013BOSTON2-3L0, +150L5 ovP
3/13/2013at MONTREAL3-4L0, +160L5 unO
3/16/2013at BUFFALO4-3W0, +110W5 ovO
3/17/2013WINNIPEG4-1W0, -150W5 ovP
3/19/2013at NY ISLANDERS5-3W0, +115W5.5 unO
3/21/2013BOSTON1-2L0, +130L5 ovU
3/23/2013TAMPA BAY5-3W0, -135W5.5 unO
3/25/2013NEW JERSEY3-2W0, -140W5 unP
3/28/2013NY RANGERS 
4/2/2013at BOSTON 
4/5/2013at BUFFALO 
4/7/2013at FLORIDA 

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* ==========================


New York (16-13-3) at Ottawa (18-9-6), 7:30 p.m. EDT

Goaltender Craig Anderson is close to playing for the first time since the Ottawa Senators last hosted the New York Rangers, but there may be no rush the way Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner have performed.

One of those two will be in net Thursday night when the Senators go for their first season sweep of the Rangers in a decade.

Anderson, the league leader with a 1.49 goals-against average, recently returned to practice for the first time since spraining his ankle Feb. 21 in the third period of a 3-2 shootout victory over the visiting Rangers.

"It's hard to tell right now (when I'll be back)," Anderson said after Wednesday's practice. "I want to make sure that I'm comfortable and give the team the best opportunity to win the hockey game. Until I get that rhythm back by practicing a few more times it's hard to say."

What is clear is that the Senators haven't lost much, if anything, with Anderson sidelined. Their league-best 2.06 GAA has lifted them to fifth in the Eastern Conference, and they will enter Thursday's game within five points of the Northeast Division lead.

Bishop has won five of seven starts since Anderson got hurt, including his last three, and stopped six of New York's seven shootout attempts in last month's win. Lehner is 3-1-4 with a 2.05 GAA since being called up following Anderson's injury.

Facing the Rangers (16-13-3) for the first time, Lehner made 33 saves to help Ottawa end an 0-2-2 skid with a 3-2 victory in New York on March 8.

That ended a season-best four-game winning streak for the Rangers, who have since won just four times in 10 games.

New York, though, has gone 3-1-1 in its last five to move into eighth in the East, two points in front of the ninth-place New York Islanders. The Rangers opened a three-game trip with Tuesday's 5-2 victory over Philadelphia.

"We're building some momentum," said Rick Nash, who scored two goals - including the 300th of his career - after being reunited on a line with center Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.

"We don't look at the standings, we just try to worry about ourselves. It sounds so cliche, but that's what we need to do. Just try to get better, build off this, and keep moving up."

That could very well happen if the Rangers - among the league's lowest-scoring teams with 2.34 goals per game - can start finding the back of the net with more regularity. They could use more production from center Brad Richards, who netted his 250th career goal Tuesday but just his fifth this year as the club equaled its highest-scoring game of the season.

"We've had a lot of good games in the past, but we haven't scored a lot," said goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, whose 2.27 goal-support average is among the league's worst. "This is a game where I think a lot of guys felt good about their game and what they did out there. Hopefully we can continue it this week."

New York, though, is facing an Ottawa club that has allowed a league-low 1.59 goals per game at home while going 12-2-3.

The Senators, ousted by the Rangers in the first round of last year's playoffs, haven't posted a sweep of this season series since 2002-03 when they won all four games.

Last Updated: 5/27/2018 10:32:20 AM EST

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