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Sunday, November 23rd (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (8-6-2-8) at New York Rangers (6-7-4-2), 5 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of teams searching for some consistency skate this afternoon at Madison Square Garden, as the New York Rangers host the Ottawa Senators.

New York is winless (0-2-2) in its last four games, including a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in the finale of their four-game road trip in Denver on Thursday.

Anson Carter, Martin Rucinsky and Matthew Barnaby all scored for the Rangers in the losing effort.

Jason LaBarbera made his first NHL start in goal as New York's top two netminders were out of the lineup. Starter Mike Dunham has been bothered by a hip injury, while regular backup Jussi Markkanen was back in New York to attend the birth of his second child

LaBarbera, who last appeared in an NHL game in October of 2000, faced 33 shots and allowed four goals.

New York continued to play without Eric Lindros, who missed his fourth straight game because of a scratched cornea. Lindros is expected to return for this contest.

Mark Messier, who took part in Saturday's Heritage Classic reunion game in Edmonton, will likely see limited ice time today.

Ottawa has dropped three of its last four after falling 2-1 in overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. The Senators, who are in the midst of a three-game road trip, are just 3-5-2-1 in their last 13 games.

Zdeno Chara scored the sole goal for the Senators in the losing effort.

Patrick Lalime turned aside 17 shots in the contest.

Ottawa has won four straight and five of the last six meetings in this series. In fact, the Senators are 13-4-2 in their last 19 against the Rangers. The road team is 6-3-1 in the last 10 meetings in this series.

11/23 10:59:01 ET

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