Preview: NY Rangers at Ottawa

When: 7:30 PM  ET, Thursday, March 26, 2015
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Matchup Edge
NYR Edge in: OTT
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The New York Rangers slowly are looking toward the future, while there is no time like the present for the Ottawa Senators. The white-hot Senators vie for their season-high eighth straight victory when they host the Rangers on Thursday in a potential first-round playoff matchup. Riding an impressive 15-1-1 stretch, Ottawa holds a one-point lead over Boston in the race for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference - and it can thank first-year sensation Andrew Hammond for its torrid run up the standings.

The 27-year-old Hammond (14-0-1, 1.67 goals-against average .946 save percentage) can become the second goaltender in league history to begin his career with 16 decisions without a regulation loss, joining Pittsburgh's Patrick Lalime (14-0-2 in 1996-97). Hammond could have a tall order on his plate in Metropolitan Division-leading New York, which fell for just the second time in nine games with a 4-2 setback to Los Angeles on Tuesday. The Rangers hold a comfortable six-point lead over the second-place New York Islanders in the Metropolitan but trail Montreal by one in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, MSG Plus (New York), TSN5, RDS (Ottawa)

ABOUT THE RANGERS (46-19-7): While Cam Talbot has been tabbed the starter on Thursday, Henrik Lundqvist will dress as his backup as he works his way back from a vascular injury he sustained in January. "I'll be on the bench tomorrow," said Lundqvist, who hasn't played since Feb. 2. Talbot certainly has fared well in his absence, posting a 15-4-3 record with a .934 save percentage.

ABOUT THE SENATORS (37-24-11): While pleased with the success of Hammond - aka "The Hamburglar" - the team has gone on the offensive by telling its fans to stop throwing hamburgers on the ice as a way of showing their appreciation. "We will continue to abide by both our own and the NHL’s policy to work in the best interests of the safety of our fans and the players — which does not permit items being thrown on the ice during play," director of communications Brian Morris told the Ottawa Citizen. "There will be zero tolerance for any items thrown onto the ice during play."

OVERTIME

1. Rangers LW Carl Hagelin scored the overtime goal in a 3-2 win over Ottawa on Jan. 20.

2. Senators captain Erik Karlsson also tallied in the first meeting and has collected three goals and six assists in his last seven contests.

3. The Rangers are 1-for-21 on the power play in their last nine games.

PREDICTION: Rangers 3, Senators 1
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
NY Rangers 46-19-2-5 L1 23-9-1-4 23-10-1-1 5-1-1-0 41-18-1-5 19-5-0-1
Ottawa 37-24-5-6 W7 20-11-2-3 17-13-3-3 5-2-0-0 32-22-5-6 15-8-1-1

Last Meeting

NY Rangers Ottawa
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/20/15 OTT 2 NYR 3 35 33 0-3 35 32 1-2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
NYR C. Hagelin 2
OTT A. Chiasson 1
Goals Player  
NYR C. Hagelin 1
OTT E. Karlsson 1
Assists Player  
NYR D. Girardi 1
OTT A. Chiasson 1
Saves Player  
NYR H. Lundqvist 33
OTT C. Anderson 32
Season
Total Points Player  
NYR R. Nash 63
OTT E. Karlsson 59
Goals Player  
NYR R. Nash 39
OTT M. Hoffman 26
Assists Player  
NYR D. Brassard 39
OTT E. Karlsson 40
Saves Player  
NYR H. Lundqvist 1032
OTT C. Anderson 987

Quickchart Matchup

NY Rangers Off vs  Ottawa Def
2.99 GF
2.56 GA
31.5 Shots
32.4 Shots
35 PP
40 PK
Ottawa Off vs  NY Rangers Def
2.88 GF
2.25 GA
31 Shots
29.6 Shots
40 PP
34 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -105 -105
-140
5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports.ag -110 -110
-135
5
Sportsbook.ag -110 -110
-135
5
5Dimes -110 -110
-140
5
GTbets.eu -110 -110
-140
5
Top Bet -110 -110
-135
5
BetOnline.ag
-105
-105
-138
5
BetDSI -110 -110
-142
5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDNA.com -116 -116
-150
5
Superbook.ag OFF OFF OFF
BookMaker -110 -110
-142
5
Vegas Odds
Westgate -110
100
-130
5
Wynn Las Vegas -110 -110
-130
5
Boyd Gaming -115 -105
-140
5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

NY Rangers Overall Ottawa
46-19-2-5 W/L 37-24-5-6
38-34 ATS 47-25
32-32 O/U 31-32
2.99 Goals For 2.88
2.25 Goals Agnst 2.56
NY Rangers A/H Ottawa
23-10-1-1 W/L 20-11-2-3
25-10 ATS 21-15
14-16 O/U 19-13
2.97 Goals For 3.36
2.26 Goals Agnst 2.78
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