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Rangers at Senators preview

New York seeks consecutive wins to start season; Sabourin to play in hometown with Ottawa

by Callum Fraser / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

RANGERS (1-0-0) at SENATORS (0-1-0)

7 p.m. ET; CITY, MSG, NHL.TV

The Game

The New York Rangers will try to start their season with consecutive wins for the first time in four years when they play the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

 

The Rangers defeated the Winnipeg Jets 6-4 at Madison Square Garden in their season opener on Thursday. The last time they won their first two games was 2015-16, when they started 3-0-0.

Alexandar Georgiev will be in goal for the Rangers; he was 14-13-4 with a 2.91 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 33 games (30 starts) last season.

Forward Scott Sabourin, who was born in Orleans, Ontario, 20 minutes from Ottawa, will play in his first home game for the Senators. He scored a goal in his NHL debut Wednesday, a 5-3 loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Players to watch

Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad had four points (one goal, three assists) against the Jets.

Senators forward Brady Tkachuk scored a goal and had six hits against the Maple Leafs.

 

They said it

"I thought maybe too often our forwards would leave our [defensemen] a little bit on an island in our end from a breakout standpoint [on Thursday]. But those are things we worked on today. I think we'll be better across the board [tonight]." -- Rangers coach David Quinn

"[The Rangers] have a lot of guys that are putting up offense already, right out of the gates. Mika [Zibanejad] had a strong game [on Thursday]. And they can skate, so we're going to have to try to take away time and space and not let their [defensemen] get involved in the rush, as well, because they seemed to get up ice in that first game pretty good." -- Senators forward Bobby Ryan

 

Rangers projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Chris Kreider -- Ryan Strome -- Kaapo Kakko

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Brett Howden -- Jesper Fast

Brendan Lemieux -- Lias Andersson -- Brendan Smith

Libor Hajek -- Jacob Trouba

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

Brady Skjei -- Adam Fox

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Micheal Haley, Greg McKegg

Injured: None

 

Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Colin White -- Bobby Ryan

Anthony Duclair -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Tyler Ennis -- Chris Tierney -- Scott Sabourin

Mikkel Boedker -- Artem Anisimov -- Drake Batherson

Thomas Chabot -- Nikita Zaitsev

Erik Brannstrom -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo

Craig Anderson

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Filip Chlapik, Cody Goloubef

Injured: None

 

Status report

Tkachuk and Brannstrom will play after each sustained a facial injury that required stitches.

 

Stat pack

Trouba (one goal, two assists) and Panarin (one goal, one assist) each had multi-point games in their Rangers debut on Thursday.

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