Rangers look to extend winning streak to four games, visit Senators
On Tuesday, the New York Rangers will travel north to take on the Ottawa Senators as they look for their fourth consecutive victory. It will be the first of three meetings between these two teams. The Rangers will be looking for a better performance as they are now rested coming off back to back hard-fought games. They are also coming off of a game in which they gave up five goals to the San Jose Sharks, yet still came away with the win.
“We could have been a little bit better there at the end,” Peter Laviolette explained. “At the end of the day, guys fought really hard, I think, under the circumstances, and we got ourselves a win.”
The Rangers are in for another tough contest despite taking on a Senators team that are 2-3-0 in their last five games and sit last in their division. It has been a rough start for the Senators, who, after adding big names like Vladimir Tarasenko, were expected to make a playoff push. They have only played 19 games on the year and hold an overall record of 9-10-0. In the last five meetings between these two teams, the Rangers are 3-1-1.
Here’s tonight’s game and broadcast info:
New York Rangers (18-4-1) vs Ottawa Senators (9-10-0)
Date/Time: December 5, 2023 @ 7:00 PM ET
Arena: Canadian Tire Centre
TV: MSG, MSGSN
Radio: ESPN 1050 AM
Note: Subject to change, updated for each game
New York Rangers projected lineup
After some line shuffling against Nashville on Saturday, the combinations returned mostly to normal in Sunday’s 6-5 win over the Sharks. Jonny Brodzinski looked great in his first game on the top line. Expect him to stay there against the Senators. Expect Igor Shesterkin to start in goal. Here are the projected line combinations and pairings:
Kreider – Zibanejad – Brodzinski
Panarin – Trocheck – Lafreniere
Cuylle – Bonino – Wheeler
Vesey – Goodrow – Pitlick
Lindgren – Fox
Miller – Trouba
Gustafsson – Schneider
Note: The Rangers will hold a morning skate at 11:30 AM ET at the Canadian Tire Centre. Check back in for updates.
New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators
The Rangers will look to earn their fourth consecutive win when the puck drops in Ottawa. If they are successful, it will be their third time holding a win streak of four or more games this season. New York has had recent success when playing in Ottawa. They have won three in a row and four of their last five at the Canadian Tire Centre.
In order to secure the victory, the Rangers will continue to look for Artemi Panarin and Vincent Trocheck to keep up their fine play. In the last four games, the two players have combined for 12 points (5G-7A). They, along with line mate Alexis Lafreniere, have been one of the hottest lines in the league recently and will look to keep up their hot streak.
Another line that showed serious promise in Sunday night’s win was the top line of Krieder-Zibanejad-Brodzinski. Against San Jose, both Kreider and Zibanejad had goals, while Jonny Brodzinski registered two assists for the second straight game. He has been a welcome addition to the Rangers’ lineup since being recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack.
“He had a really good training camp. He was generating a lot of scoring chances, attempts, pucks at the net,” Laviolette mentioned. “He was doing a lot of good things, and he does it through his speed and his offensive instincts and skills. I think trying to put people in positions where they can be successful, that would be a spot for him to come up and show what he can do.”
Although Ottawa is toward the bottom of the standings, they will look to put an end to the Blueshirts’ win streak. Tim Stutzle has led the way offensively with 23 points, while Brady Tkachuk and Claude Giroux are close behind with 17 each. Jakob Chycrun and Jake Sanderson lead the way on defense with 12 points each.
In goal, Joonas Korpisalo and Anton Forsberg have had similar campaigns. In 13 games, Korpisalo has a .897% save percentage along with a 3.41 GAA. In 8 games, Forsberg has put together a .882% save percentage along with a 3.03 GAA.
New York has the clear edge in goaltending. Jonathan Quick is coming off of another win and Igor Shesterkin kept the Rangers in the game against Nashville, making 36 saves.
It will be another good test for the Blueshirts, who will look to avoid playing down to a team that has struggled thus far. After two hard-fought wins and a day of rest, the Rangers should be ready to go when the puck drops in Ottawa.
Rangers Milestones Within Reach
Chris Kreider is just 1 power play goal from 100 in his career and tying franchise great Adam Graves for fourth on the team’s all-time power play goal list. His next goal will also tie Graves at 280 for third on the team’s all-time goal list. And his next point will be the 500th of his career.
Jacob Trouba needs 1 points to reach 300 career points.
Artemi Panarin is 4 points away from 700 in his career. Could be get back-to-back 4 point performances from the Breadman?