Game Day: New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators

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New York Rangers (3-1-1), 3rd in Metropolitan Division


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At Ottawa Senators (2-2-0), fifth in the Atlantic Division

Game time: 1 pm, at C Canadian Tire Center. TV: TSN5, RDS. Radio: AM 1200

Why look?

The top end of the 2020 National Hockey League draft is in focus. After a slow start to his rookie season, Rangers left-back Alexis Lafrenière is beginning to show why he was the first overall draft pick in that draft. , having scored a goal and an assist in the Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Thursday. Then there’s Senators left winger Tim Stuetzle, voted third overall in 2020. In the estimation of Senators head coach DJ Smith, Stuetzle was the best player on the ice in Ottawa’s 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

Point leaders

New York Rangers


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Mika Zibanejad 5GP 1G 4A 5Pts +5

Adam Fox 5 1 3 4 +5

Chris Kreider 5 3 0 3 +2

Ottawa Senators

Tyler Ennis 4GP 1G 2A 3Pts -1

Chris Tierney 4 3 0 3 -2

Connor Brown 4 0 3 3 -1

Three things about … the Rangers

1. New head coach Gerard Gallant has the Rangers playing disciplined hockey, having allowed just 11 goals in five games. Goalie Igor Shesterkin has stopped 99 of 102 shots in the last three games, making 28 saves in Thursday’s 3-1 win over Nashville.

2. Norris Trophy-winning defender Adam Fox started 2021-22 as he left last season: a force on both ends of the ice while playing an average of 25 minutes and 25 seconds per game. When your entry-level contract expires after this season, what will your next contract look like?


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3. After battling Covid-19 symptoms early last season, former Senators first-round pick Mika Zibanejad is showing the front-line form that led the Rangers to sign him to a massive eight contract extension. years and $ 68 million earlier this month. Zibanejad and wingman Artemi Panarin are one of the most dangerous duos in the NHL.

… Senators

1. A shoulder injury to Shane Pinto has prompted the Senators to move Nick Paul to center, where he will line up between wingers Tim Stuetzle and Connor Brown. It’s a big challenge, but Paul has proven to be a solid Band-Aid in various positions throughout his career.

2. Goalkeeper Matt Murray had a solid outing in his season debut Thursday, but backup Anton Forsberg has not played since he opened his season with two solid performances against Toronto. It will be an interesting visit earlier in the season for Senators head coach DJ Smith.


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3. In an ideal world, defender Thomas Chabot would play in 23-24 minutes each game, but, as Ottawa sought a tying goal in the third period against San Jose on Thursday, his ice time traced back to more than 29 minutes. Chabot is second in the league in ice time average behind Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse.

Ranger List

Advance lines

Artemi Panarin-Mika Zibanejad-Chris Kreider

Alexis Lafrenierre-Filip Chytil-Sammy Blais

Dryden Hunt-Kevin Rooney-Barclay Goodrow

Morgan Barron-Greg McKegg-Ryan Reaves

Defense pairings

Ryan Lindgren-Adam Fox

K’Andre Miller-Jacob oven

Patrick Nemeth-Nils Lundkvist


Igor Shesterkin

Alexandar georgiev

Senators List

Forwarding lines

Brady Tkachuk-Josh Norris-Drake Batherson

Tim Stuetzle-Nick Paul-Connor Brown

Alex Formenton-Chris Tierney-Parker Kelly

Zack Sanford-Logan Shaw-Tyler Ennis

Defense pairings

Thomas Chabot-Artem Zub

Nick Holden-Josh Brown

Victor Mete-Nikita Zaitsev


Matt murray

Anton Forsberg

Special teams

NYR: PP 10.0% 26th… PK 76.5 21st

OTT: PP 33.3% 8th… PK 76.9 19th



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