NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, February 8th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (36-12-5) at New York Rangers (32-15-8), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers seek their fourth consecutive win
tonight when they welcome the Ottawa Senators to Madison Square Garden for a
battle of first-place clubs.
The Rangers enter Wednesday's action with 72 points -- one ahead of second-
place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.
On Saturday, Jaromir Jagr scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the
Rangers defeated the Flyers, 4-3, at the Wachovia Center.
Michael Nylander registered a goal and an assist, Marcel Hossa and Petr Sykora
tallied a goal apiece and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves for the Rangers, who
have won three straight since losing to the Flyers, 3-2, in overtime on
New York's Martin Straka extended his point streak to five games, having
tallied one goal and seven assists during the run.
The Rangers, who are 17-6-5 on home ice, will host Toronto on Friday to begin
Ottawa, meanwhile, has won two of its last three games. On Monday, Peter
Schaefer netted two goals and added an assist as the Senators defeated the
struggling Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2, at Scotiabank Place.
Bryan Smolinski added a goal and an assist while Antoine Vermette had two
helpers for the Senators, who won for just the second time in five outings.
Ray Emery received the start for Ottawa and finished with 22 saves on the
The Senators check in with 77 points -- four ahead of the second-place Sabres
in the Northeast Division race. Ottawa trails Carolina by three points for the
overall NHL lead.
Ottawa will host Atlanta on Thursday.
The Sens posted a 6-2 win over the visiting Rangers on December 26 and have
won four straight meetings in the series.
02/08 10:42:21 ET