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Senators at Rangers preview

Georgiev starts third straight for New York; Ryan, Boedker back in lineup for Ottawa

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

SENATORS (3-8-1) at RANGERS (5-5-1)

7 p.m. ET; MSG, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Alexandar Georgiev will make his third consecutive start in goal for the New York Rangers, who have won two in a row and play the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Georgiev has stopped 61 of 63 shots in back-to-back wins against the Tampa Bay Lightning (4-1) and Nashville Predators (2-1). It's the first time Henrik Lundqvist will be a healthy backup for three straight games since March 12-17, 2018, when Georgiev won three straight starts.

The Senators, coming off a 5-2 loss at the Boston Bruins on Saturday, are dealing with a significant number of injuries, including to forward Scott Sabourin, who returned to Ottawa after being released from the hospital Sunday. 

Sabourin was injured when he collided with Bruins forward David Backes in the first period. He sustained a broken nose and his helmet made direct contact with the ice after he fell, rendering him unconscious.

 

Players to watch

Senators forward Connor Brown has points in five straight games (six points; two goals, four assists).

Rangers forward Artemi Panarin has points in four straight games (five points; one goal, four assists).

 

They said it

"Everyone sits in their stall and says 'I deserve a chance. I should be in the top six. I should be on the power play.' This is your time. It's unfortunate we have injuries, but if I'm a guy in the room that's telling myself, telling my agent and whoever else that I deserve this opportunity, well show us." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith

"We've got two really good goalies. Hank [Lundqvist] and I talked yesterday. He understands. He has seen what has happened. This has nothing to do with Hank. Hank is someone we know we're going to ride heavily and he's going to play a lot of hockey for us." -- Rangers coach David Quinn

 

Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Anthony Duclair

Nick Paul -- Vladislav Namestnikov -- Connor Brown

Filip Chlapik -- J.C. Beaudin -- Mikael Boedker

Tyler Ennis -- Chris Tierney -- Bobby Ryan

Thomas Chabot -- Nikita Zaitsev

Erik Brannstrom -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo

Anders Nilsson

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Cody Goloubef

Injured: Artem Anisimov (lower body), Scott Sabourin (upper body), Logan Brown (upper body), Colin White (groin, hip flexor)

 

Rangers projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast

Chris Kreider -- Filip Chytil -- Pavel Buchnevich

Brendan Lemieux -- Brett Howden -- Kaapo Kakko

Brendan Smith -- Lias Andersson -- Micheal Haley

Libor Hajek -- Jacob Trouba

Brady Skjei -- Tony DeAngelo

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Marc Staal, Greg McKegg

Injured: Mika Zibanejad (upper body)

 

Status report

Zibanejad skated in a red non-contact jersey Monday, but he'll miss his third straight game. He's day-to-day. … Anisimov skated Monday and could return to the lineup Wednesday, when the Senators play at the New York Islanders. He will miss his fifth straight game. … Ryan will play after being scratched the past two games and Boedker returns after being scratched for four straight.

 

Stat pack

Duclair will play in his 300th NHL game. He started his career with the Rangers. … Ottawa is 0-4-1 on the road.

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