RANGERS (47-27-6) at SENATORS (43-27-10)
12:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, RDS, MSG, NHL.TV
Rangers team scope
The New York Rangers are locked into the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference and will face the Montreal Canadiens in the first round. The Rangers, 3-4-4 in their past 11 games, are looking to fine-tune their game heading into the postseason. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will start; backup Antti Raanta will play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. "We know where we are in the standings," Lundqvist told the Rangers website. "It's not going to change, but I think the last week or so, the focus here is to try to go over everything, and take every game here as an opportunity to improve. It's not so much about getting the points, but it's getting solid efforts and to prepare yourself in the best way possible." The Rangers have the best road record in the NHL (27-11-2) and can match its record of 28 road wins in a season, set in 2014-15. "We have some things we want to work on and we have a chance to try to finish up strong here in the regular season and just try to feel good about ourselves, said center Mika Zibanejad, who will play at the Ottawa Senators for the first time since they traded him to the Rangers for center Derick Brassard on July 18. Coach Alain Vigneault needs one win to pass Jacques Martin (613 wins) for 14th place on the NHL all-time list.
Senators team scope
Ottawa can clinch second place in the Atlantic Division and home-ice advantage in the Eastern Conference First Round with a win. The Senators lead the Boston Bruins by one point and have two games remaining; the Bruins have one game remaining and five more regulation/overtime wins. Ottawa clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 shootout win at Boston on Thursday. Goaltender Craig Anderson, who made 28 saves against the Bruins, will start. "It's a credit to the guys that were here all year," Anderson told the Ottawa Citizen, "with all the extended leaves to absence to myself, [forward] Clarke (MacArthur, who made his season debut Tuesday after missing 78 games with a concussion) and key injuries throughout the year. It's a testament to the guys for putting in the work and battling for each other and guys making the most of their opportunities." Defenseman Erik Karlsson will miss his second game in a row and his fourth in the past six with a lower-body injury; Karlsson would be playing if this were the playoffs, general manager Pierre Dorion said Friday. Forward Zack Smith will miss his fifth game with an upper-body injury, but Dorion said he will be ready for the playoffs. Dorion said he was hopeful defenseman Marc Methot (finger) and forward Bobby Ryan (upper body) will return for the postseason. Forward Alexandre Burrows needs one goal for 200 in his NHL career.
Rangers projected lineup
Jimmy Vesey -- Brandon Pirri -- Taylor Beck
Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich
Michael Grabner -- Kevin Hayes -- J.T. Miller
Tanner Glass -- Oscar Lindberg -- Matt Puempel
Brady Skjei -- Kevin Klein
Brendan Smith -- Dan Girardi
Adam Clendening -- Steven Kampfer
Scratched: Derek Stepan, Marc Staal
Injured: Ryan McDonagh (undisclosed), Rick Nash (undisclosed), Mats Zuccarello (undisclosed), Jesper Fast (undisclosed), Nick Holden (undisclosed)
Senators projected lineup
Mike Hoffman -- Kyle Turris -- Mark Stone
Viktor Stalberg -- Derick Brassard -- Alexandre Burrows
Ryan Dzingel -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt
Clarke MacArthur -- Chris Kelly -- Tommy Wingels
Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci
Fredrik Claesson -- Ben Harpur
Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman
Scratched: Colin White, Jyrki Jokipakka, Christopher DiDomenico, Chris Neil
Injured: Erik Karlsson (lower body), Zack Smith (upper body), Marc Methot (finger), Bobby Ryan (upper body)
All of the Rangers' injured players except for McDonagh practiced Friday. The Rangers called up Beck from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Friday. ... Stalberg left the game against the Bruins on Thursday but is expected to play.
Stepan has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past seven games. Zibanejad also has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past seven games. ... Hoffman has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past 12 games. Turris has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past nine games.