NEW YORK -- As much as the Ottawa Senators are aware of the big picture in their push to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, their mindset heading into Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, MSG) for the latest in a string of big games is squarely set on getting off to a strong start.
The Senators did not do that the last time they played the Rangers, on March 26 at Canadian Tire Centre. It hurt them. New York defeated Ottawa 5-1 after jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the first period.
"We know how good of a team they are and we know we can't get off to the start tonight that we did last game," Senators center Kyle Turris said. "We're confident."