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Rangers at Senators (Game 2): Pregame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET
Canadian Tire Centre - Ottawa, ON
 
Rangers: 4-3 (0-1)*
Senators: 5-2 (1-0)*
 
* 2017 Playoffs Record (Second Round Series Record)

TODAY'S GAME
The Rangers play Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Ottawa Senators today, Apr. 29, at Canadian Tire Centre (3:00 p.m. ET - TV: NBC Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York trails the best-of-seven series, one game to none, following Ottawa's 2-1 win in Game 1 on Apr. 27. The Blueshirts advanced to the Second Round by defeating the Montreal Canadiens, four games to two, in the First Round.

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Rangers Hope to Generate More Offensively Starting in Game 2

Vigneault Said More Needed Throughout Lineup

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

OTTAWA - The talk heading into the Rangers second round matchup with the Ottawa Senators was breaking through coach Guy Boucher's neutral zone trap. 

Despite the 2-1 loss in Game 1 Thursday night, the Rangers felt they did a good job of getting through the numbers at mid ice, but must do a better job at generating offense once inside the offensive zone.

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Rangers Drop Game 1 to Senators

Lundqvist Makes 41 Saves in Loss

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

OTTAWA - Henrik Lundqvist stopped nearly everything he saw Thursday night in Game 1 against the Senators.

But it was a shot by Erik Karlsson from the corner that deflected off Lundqvist and into the net at 15:48 of the third period that topped the Rangers, 2-1, in the opening-game of this best-of-seven series.

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Rangers at Senators (Game 1): Postgame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT - Three Rangers rookies have tallied a point in the playoffs this year (Pavel Buchnevich, Brady Skjei, and Jimmy Vesey). Prior to this year, the last time three or more Rangers rookies registered a point in the same playoff year was 2008 (five - Ryan Callahan, Nigel Dawes, Brandon Dubinsky, Lauri Korpikoski, and Marc Staal).
  • TEAM EFFORT - Through the Rangers' first seven games of the 2017 Playoffs, 19 of 20 skaters who have played at least one game have tallied a point. In addition, nine different Blueshirts have recorded a goal thus far in the playoffs this year.
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Rangers at Senators Game 1 Preview

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

OTTAWA - After two days of rest and two days of practice, the Rangers begin their second round series with the Senators tonight in Ottawa.

Now, the fun begins.

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Rangers at Senators (Game 1): Pregame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Canadian Tire Centre - Ottawa, ON
 
Rangers: 4-2
Senators: 4-2
 
TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Ottawa Senators tonight, Apr. 27, at Canadian Tire Centre (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: CNBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts advanced to the Second Round by defeating the Montreal Canadiens, four games to two, in the First Round.

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Rangers Special Teams Loom Large in Series Against Senators

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

OTTAWA -- The Rangers scored just one power play goal in their six-game victory over the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it was a big one.

Mats Zuccarello's tally with the man advantage in Game 6 evened the score with the Habs before No. 36's second put the Blueshirts ahead for good.

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Rangers Prepare for "Frustrating" Senators Structure

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

The Rangers dealt with a physical brand of hockey in their six-game win in round one over the Montreal Canadiens. And while Ottawa is sure to not back down from finishing their checks, the battle between the two clubs in the second round appears to be one more focused on puck possession.

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Zibanejad on Ottawa: "It's Like Any Other Team Now"

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Mika Zibanejad knew a postseason meeting with his former team, the Ottawa Senators, could happen when the Rangers moved into the Atlantic Division bracket.

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Rangers vs Senators: What To Know About Ottawa

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

When the Rangers finished off the Montreal Canadiens Saturday in Game 6, their next opponent was not yet known. That changed Sunday when the Ottawa Senators edged the Boston Bruins in overtime in Game 6 to take the series, 4-2.

With the series set to begin Thursday night in Ottawa, let's take a closer look at just who the 2017 Senators are.

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