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Game Day 5: Sens @ Rangers

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

As the Sens get ready for their second game in two days, we take a look at the team's strong play on the road this season, pre-game thoughts from the coach and more before the puck drops against the Rangers at 7 p.m.

1. Road Warriors

With some of the recent struggles the Sens have had at home lately, they've been great on the road to start the season.

Counting that "home game" the Sens played in Sweden as part of the NHL Global Series (because come on), the team has posted a 5-0-1 record away from Ottawa so far. The offence has excelled on the road as well and the Sens are averaging 4.33 goals per game and have doubled up their opponents' efforts by outscoring them by a margin of 26-13 in 6 road games this season.

Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman are tied for the team-lead in road scoring this season with 9 points each. It's kind of surprising but 5 of Hoffman's 6 goals on the season have been scored outside of Canadian Tire Centre.

 

2. From the coach

On rebounding from yesterday's loss to the Coyotes:

If you can't move on to the next day, you can't be in this business. First of all, we think that we did enough stuff yesterday to win the game. It slipped away at the end.


On respecting your opponent every game:

It could have been 3-1 or 4-1 but it wasn't and we looked at how we could have made it happen today but we didn't give them very much yesterday. They're an opponent that's had points in 3 of their last 5 games because they're a team that's improving. It goes back to what we always say: you have to respect every single team because every single team can beat you on any night. 


On his team's identity:

We know who we are. We're a team that works hard, stays together, goes through adversity and builds and grows. Almost nobody puts us in the playoffs but again, we're still there and we're still fighting and that's what we enjoy.


On Ryan and Duchene building chemsity:

They were outstanding in both games. It's just a matter of results so are you going to focus on the 2% that is the finishing part or are you going to focus on the 98% of the game where they look outstanding together? That's the message to them too. Bobby comes in after not playing in a month, Duchene comes in to a new team so this takes time. Right ow, the process is going way faster than I thought it would go to be honest with you. 

Video: Nov 19: Sens vs. Rangers - Boucher Pregame Media

 

3. Historically speaking

We're going to talk about the last time these teams squared off in a second but before taking that lovely stroll down memory lane, I thought we'd look back at some numbers between the Sens and Rangers in bullet point form...

  • These two teams have faced off 89 times in the regular season with the Sens holding the advantage with a lifetime record of 46-36-4-3.
  • The Sens have also outscored the Rangers 248-237 over their regular season games.
  • They've only met in the playoffs twice with each squad earning a series win over the other but the Sens hold a 7-6 post-season record against the Rangers after dragging them to a deciding Game #7 in 2012.
  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau's ridiculous 4-goal output from Game #2 in last year's playoffs ties Wade Redden (2G, 2A on Dec. 26th, 2009) for most points in a game against the Rangers with 4.
  • Not surprisingly, Daniel Alfreddson is the Sens all-time leading scorer against the Rangers recording 58 points (21G, 37A) in 60 games played while Erik Karlsson is the club's active leader with 13 points (2G, 11A) in 22 games played.
  • In goal, Patrick Lalime holds the all-time lead in wins against the Rangers with 13 and today's starter, Craig Anderson, is second on that list with 6.

 

4. Previous meeting

Rewind back to May 9th for Game #6 of the Eastern Conference semi-final where the Sens closed out their series against the Rangers in New York thanks in large part to another monster game from their captain. Karlsson had a pair of points, including the eventual game-winner, and was a ridiculous +4 in an equally ridiculous 28:44 of ice-time. Anderson was also stellar between the pipes for the Senators stopping 37 of 39 shots to dispatch the Rangers in six games.

Full highlights from that game can be found below...

Video: Sens take down Rangers in six games, advance to ECF

 

5. Where to watch

Things are set to kick off at 7 p.m. tonight in New York City and you can catch all the action on Sportsnet and TVAS. If you're away from the TV the dolcet tones of Dean Brown and Gord Wilson will have the call on the radio on TSN 1200.

Tweet from @Senators: It's a #Sens game day! The team is in the Big Apple to face the Rangers tonight at 7 p.m. pic.twitter.com/TmwmEShWcL

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