NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, April 18th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (51-21-9) at New York Rangers (44-25-12), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two struggling teams with a lot to play for tonight meet
when the Ottawa Senators visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Ottawa, with 111 points, is one behind Carolina for the race atop the Eastern
Conference. The Hurricanes host Buffalo tonight.
If Carolina loses in regulation and Ottawa wins, the Sens take the top seed.
If Carolina loses in regulation and Ottawa loses in overtime or a shootout to
tie, the Canes take it because they will have more wins.
If the Hurricanes lose in overtime or a shootout and the Senators win, Ottawa
will take first because things will go down to the third tiebreaker -- goal
Ottawa has lost its last two games, including Saturday's 5-1 tilt in Toronto.
Tomas Kaberle tallied a goal and two assists to lead the Maple Leafs.
Dany Heatley scored the lone goal for Ottawa, while Ray Emery allowed five
goals on 31 shots in the loss.
The Senators, with 111 points, are two behind the franchise record for points
in a season. The mark was established in 2002-03.
New York, meanwhile, has a one-point lead over the Philadelphia Flyers and New
Jersey Devils in the Atlantic Division race. The easiest way for the Rangers
to take the division is with a simple win. If they lose, things will come down
to the various tiebreakers.
The Rangers have lost their last four games, including Saturday's 4-1 tilt in
Philly. R.J. Umberger had a goal and an assist and Antero Niittymaki made 25
saves to lead the Flyers.
Marcel Hossa netted the Rangers' lone goal with Dominic Moore picking up the
primary assist for New York. Netminder Kevin Weekes allowed four goals on 29
shots in defeat.
Weekes has been filling in for rookie netminder Henrik Lundqvist, who missed
seven straight games with a hip flexor injury. Lundqvist is expected to return
to the lineup tonight.
Ottawa is 2-1 against New York this season and has won five of the last six
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