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Lundqvist goes for win No. 450 with New York; Ottawa 2-8-1 in past 11 road games

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

SENATORS (28-45-6) at RANGERS (31-35-13)

7:30 p.m. ET; SN, SN1, MSG+, NHL.TV


The Game

Henrik Lundqvist will try to win his 450th NHL game when the New York Rangers play the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

Lundqvist, who is 449-297-93 in 856 NHL games (13 seasons) with the Rangers, is five wins behind Curtis Joseph (454) for fifth all time.

Anders Nilsson will start for the Senators, who have lost two of their past three games and are 2-8-1 in their past 11 road games.


Players to watch

Senators forward Brady Tkachuk has scored five goals in his past seven games.

Rangers center Brett Howden has five points (one goal, four assists) during a four-game point streak.


They said it

"We're two teams that are somewhat similar, in that we've got a young nucleus and some sprinkling of some really good veterans on the team. ... Two teams that aren't in the playoffs but that we all feel our best days are ahead of us." -- Senators coach Marc Crawford

"Teams aren't going to quit and we certainly aren't one of those teams. It's part of being a professional is finishing everything out and tonight is no different. We want to make sure that we are bringing out best and making sure that you're building some positive momentum and you're feeling good about your game going into next year." -- Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Max Veronneau

Anthony Duclair -- Chris Tierney -- Oscar Lindberg

Rudolfs Balcers -- Colin White -- Bobby Ryan

Brian Gibbons -- Zack Smith -- Magnus Paajarvi

Thomas Chabot -- Dylan DeMelo

Christian Wolanin -- Cody Ceci

Andreas Englund -- Christian Jaros

Anders Nilsson

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker, Joey Daccord

Injured: Mark Borowiecki (upper body), Ben Harpur (illness)


Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Brendan Lemieux -- Brett Howden -- Ryan Strome

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Lias Andersson -- Jimmy Vesey

Brendan Smith -- Boo Nieves -- Vinni Lettieri

Brady Skjei -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

John Gilmour -- Neal Pionk

Henrik Lundqvist

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Connor Brickley, Fredrik Claesson

Injured: Libor Hajek (shoulder), Jesper Fast (upper body), Filip Chytil (undisclosed)


Status report

Borowiecki, who has missed the past two games, did not make the trip. ... Wolanin was recalled to replace Harpur. ... Englund will make his season debut. He has played six NHL games the past two seasons. ... Crawford said Daccord will make his NHL debut against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. ... Quinn said Buchnevich is questionable and Chytl is day to day.


Stat pack

Zibanejad (30 goals, 804 face-off wins) is one of six NHL players with at least 30 goals and 800 face-off wins this season (Aleksander Barkov, Sidney Crosby, Dylan Larkin, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews). ... Ryan is three assists from 300 in the NHL.

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