Senators-Rangers Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 08, 2013
The Rangers hope to keep rolling as their six-game stay in New York ends, but they haven't had much home success against the Ottawa Senators lately. Things could be different this time with the Senators struggling to find wins on the road. New York looks to win its fifth straight overall and snap a five-game regular season home losing streak to Ottawa when the clubs meet on Friday night. After dropping the opener of six straight contests in their home state, the Rangers (12-8-2) captured three consecutive home wins before adding a 2-1 overtime road victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Rangers and Ottawa are tied for the most home wins in the Eastern Conference with nine. They'll try to add to that total with their first regular-season home win over the Senators since Oct. 3, 2009. New York, however, did manage a split of its four home games against Ottawa - including a 2-1 victory in Game 7 - in the first round of last season's playoffs. A visit from the struggling Senators (12-8-4) could be coming at an opportune time. They are 0-2-2 on their five-game swing after winning five straight - four of those at home. "We've had a history of playing well in this building, but we know we're playing a difficult opponent," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. Although they're a conference-best 9-1-2 at home, the Senators have lost nine of their last 10 road contests, including Wednesday's 5-4 defeat at Toronto. Mika Zibanejad scored in that loss, and also had a late game-tying goal in a 3-2 shootout win over the visiting Rangers on Feb. 21. With Craig Anderson still out with a lower-body injury he suffered in that game, the Senators will start either Ben Bishop or Robin Lehner. Ottawa allowed two goals or less in its first five games without Anderson before Bishop gave up five on 28 shots against the Maple Leafs. Bishop, who has started four of the last six games, surrendered two goals on 13 shots in relief of Anderson on Feb. 21 and beat the Rangers 4-1 in his only career start in the series last March. Lehner, who has never faced the Rangers, is 0-0-2 with a 1.87 goals-against average in two starts. Whichever goalie gets the nod, he will have to find a way to contain a New York team that is 8-0-1 in the last nine Rick Nash has played. Nash extended his point streak to eight games (six goals, seven assists) with a game-tying goal late in regulation before Marian Gaborik added the winner in overtime on Thursday. "He's been a huge part to our club as advertised," coach John Tortorella said. "He has been a game-breaker for us, and hopefully that will continue." Tortorella could come right back with Henrik Lundqvist against the Senators after his 27-save performance Thursday. He's 4-0-0 with a 1.47 GAA in his last four games, but has lost both back ends of his two previous back-to-back starts. Lundqvist, who had 35 saves in the first meeting, is 2-5-2 despite a 1.97 GAA in his last nine home starts - including the postseason - against Ottawa.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Reggie Bush on NFL future: ‘I’m not retiring’

Derek Fisher blasts Rondo over triangle offense criticism

Report: Marshawn Lynch hasn't spent any playing money

Ex-King says he could do 'much better job' than George Karl

Trainer thought Thomas Davis would not play in Super Bowl

Todd Gurley named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Durant, Westbrook on loss to Warriors: We're not scared

Report: Eagles interested in bringing back Nick Foles

Report: Manning hinted to teammates he plans to retire

Barry Sanders shares thoughts on Megatron retirement talk

WATCH: K-State players storm student section after big win

Tony Dungy coaches his way into Canton

Cam Newton doesn't disappoint with Super Bowl outfit

Stephen Curry to serve as guest drummer for Panthers

Charlie Sheen tweets advice for Johnny Manziel

Cardale Jones predicts he will play in Super Bowl

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

Marcin Gortat fires back at critic on Twitter

WATCH: Kerr told Warriors he was happy to have close game

Broncos could have tough decision with franchise tag

WATCH: Steph Curry does 'Dab' on court on eve of Super Bowl

Another star confirmed for Super Bowl 50 halftime show

WATCH: Wayne Simmonds loses his cool, earns match penalty

Winners and losers from 2016 Hall of Fame vote

Brett Favre, Tony Dungy headline Hall of Fame Class of 2016

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker