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2017 Second Round Preview: Rangers vs. Senators

by New York Rangers @NYRangers /


  • The Rangers are facing the Senators in a playoff series for the second time in franchise history*.
  • The two teams played against each other in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2012, and New York defeated Ottawa, four games to three.
  • The Rangers rallied from a three-games-to-two deficit in the series to win Game 6 in Ottawa and close out the series with a 2-1 win in Game 7 at MSG, which was the Rangers' first win in a Game 7 since the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals against Vancouver.
  • Six players currently on the Rangers roster also skated/appeared in at least one game with the Rangers in the 2012 Playoffs when the team faced Ottawa: Dan Girardi, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, and Derek Stepan.
  • Lundqvist posted a 4-3 record, along with a 1.70 GAA, a .945 SV%, and 1 SO against Ottawa during the 2012 Playoffs. He stopped 205 of 217 shots in the series, including 26 of 27 shots he faced in Game 7, and allowed two goals or fewer in five of the seven contests.
  • Staal and Girardi each tallied a goal in Game 7 of the series, and Girardi registered the game-winning goal in the contest. Girardi recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in the seven-game series.
  • Kreider made his NHL debut in Game 3 of the series in Ottawa on Apr. 16, 2012, which was less than a week after he signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers on Apr. 10, 2012. Kreider tallied his first goal/point in the NHL in Game 6 of the series on Apr. 23, 2012, and the goal was the game-winning goal in the contest. 

* The Rangers played the defunct Ottawa Senators in the playoffs in 1930 (the original Senators played in the NHL from 1917-18 - 1933-34). New York won a two-game, total-goals Quarterfinals series, 6-3.


  • Alain Vigneault's first coaching staff position in the NHL was as an Assistant Coach with the Senators. Vigneault joined the Senators for their first NHL season in 1992-93 and was a member of Ottawa's coaching staff for parts of four seasons (1992-93 - 1995-96).
  • Mika Zibanejad played parts of five seasons with the Senators (2011-12 - 2015-16). He established career-highs in games played (81), goals (21), assists (30), and points (51) during his final season with Ottawa in 2015-16.
  • Matt Puempel played parts of three seasons with Ottawa (2014-15 - 2016-17), and he was selected by the Senators in the first round (24th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The Rangers claimed Puempel off waivers from Ottawa on Nov. 21, 2016.
  • Derick Brassard played parts of four seasons with the Rangers (2012-13 - 2015-16).
  • Viktor Stalberg played one season with the Rangers (2015-16).
  • Tom Pyatt was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round (107th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Pyatt was traded by the Rangers to Montreal as part of the deal in which the Blueshirts acquired the rights to Ryan McDonagh on June 30, 2009.
  • Ryan McDonagh, Brendan Smith, and Kyle Turris were teammates at the University of Wisconsin for one season (2007-08).
  • Derick Brassard, Rick Nash, and Marc Methot were all teammates with the Blue Jackets for parts of five seasons (2007-08 - 2011-12). All three players were coached by Rangers Associate Coach Scott Arniel, who was the Blue Jackets Head Coach for parts of two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12).
  • Dan Girardi and Marc Methot were teammates with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for part of one season (2004-05) and helped London win the Memorial Cup.
  • Alexandre Burrows was coached by Alain Vigneault for seven seasons in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks (2006-07 - 2012-13), as well as part of one season in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Manitoba Moose (2005-06).
  • Senators General Manager Pierre Dorion served as an Amateur Scout with the Rangers for two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07).
  • Tanner Glass and Craig Anderson were teammates with the Panthers for parts of two seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09)
  • Steven Kampfer and Chris Kelly were teammates with the Bruins for parts of two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12).
  • Michael Grabner and Dion Phaneuf were teammates with the Maple Leafs for part of one season (2015-16).
  • Kevin Klein and Viktor Stalberg were teammates with the Predators for part of one season (2013-14).
  • Marc Staal and Tom Pyatt are both natives of Thunder Bay, Ontario.


  • The Rangers have won 10 of their last 15 regular season road games against Ottawa, dating back to Jan. 10, 2009 (10-4-1 record over the span), and the Blueshirts also won two of three games against the Senators in Ottawa during the 2012 Playoffs.
  • Each of the three regular season meetings between the Rangers and Senators in 2016-17 was decided by two or fewer goals.
  • The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in five of their last nine regular season meetings against the Senators, dating back to the start of the 2014-15 season.


  • Henrik Lundqvist - 37 GP, 15-18-3, 2.11 GAA, .930 SV%, 1 SO - Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his last six appearances against Ottawa (3-3-0, 1.80 GAA, .936 SV% over the span).
  • Derek Stepan - 21 GP, 7-10-17 - Stepan has tallied nine points (four goals, five assists) in his last 10 games against the Senators. He registered two goals/points in two contests against Ottawa in 2016-17.
  • Rick Nash - 18 GP, 9-2-11 - Nash has notched eight points (six goals, two assists) in his last 12 contests against Ottawa.
  • Ryan McDonagh - 18 GP, 3-7-10 - McDonagh has tallied six points (one goal, five assists) in his last four games against the Senators. He led the Rangers with three assists/points against Ottawa in 2016-17.
  • Mats Zuccarello - 12 GP, 5-4-9 - Zuccarello has posted three multi-point games in his last nine contests against the Senators.
  • Chris Kreider - 13 GP, 4-5-9 - Kreider has registered nine points (four goals, five assists) in his last 10 games against Ottawa.


  • Henrik Lundqvist became the Rangers' all-time leader in wins by earning his 302nd career win with the franchise on Mar. 18, 2014 at Ottawa.


Thursday, April 27, 7pm: Rangers @ Senators | CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports

Saturday, April 29, 3pm: Rangers @ Senators | NBC, CBC, TVA Sports

Tuesday, May 2, 7pm: Senators @ Rangers | NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

Thursday, May 4, 7:30pm: Senators @ Rangers | NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

*Saturday, May 6, TBD: Rangers @ Senators | TBD

*Tuesday, May 9, TBD: Senators @ Rangers | TBD

*Thursday, May 11, TBD: Rangers @ Senators | TBD

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