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Gameday Journal: Game 45 - Rangers vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

5:00 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Rangers...

Jersey: Road White

Television: TSN5, RDS2

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


3:00 PM: And from NHL.com, here's a look at tonight's projected line-ups...

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RANGERS

Forwards

Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello

Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Martin St. Louis

Carl Hagelin - Kevin Hayes - Jesper Fast

J.T. Miller - Dominic Moore - Lee Stempniak

Defense

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Marc Staal - Dan Boyle

Matt Hunwick - Kevin Klein

Goaltenders

Henrik Lundqvist

Cam Talbot

Scratched: John Moore

Injured: Tanner Glass (upper body)


2:30 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game against the Rangers with the Pre-Game Report from Sens TV...


2:00 PM: Sens TV was there as head coach Dave Cameron spoke with the media following today's morning skate...

On who the healthy scratches are for tonight:

Curtis Lazar and Patty Wiercioch.

On the importance of having a veteran presence:

It's about putting your best line-up up whether it's veteran or young or whatever and regardless of who you're playing and what building you're in. We have to get two points and so we put guys in who we think gives us the best chance.

On what he expects from Chris Neil tonight:

Physical.

From what he's seen of the Rangers:

They're an excellent hockey club. They have no weaknesses from the net on out right through their coaching. So you can expect a real tough game from a real good team.


Sens forward David Legwand also spoke with the media and you can catch his comments below courtesy of Sens TV...


11:45 AM: We caught up with Mike Hoffman prior to tonight's game for a quick chat. Here are some of his thoughts before facing off against the Rangers...

What positives are you looking to build off from the Carolina game:

We did a lot of good things. We had a lot of scoring chances but we just couldn't seem to capitalize. Their goalie played well and I think stole one from us so we can't think about that game too much. Coming to New York is always a great experience and it's one of my favorite rinks in the league. I think everyone has a lot of fun playing at Madison Square Garden so if we can come away with a win and carry that into tomorrow's game against Toronto that would be huge.

On running in to a "hot goalie":

There's nothing you can do. When a goalie is "on", a goalie is "on". So unless you go over and run him out of the game (laughs) but that's not really an option. You just need to hopefully get a few lucky bounces and then maybe one shot might go in but when a goalie is having a good game it's usually going right until the end.

On the impact of securing 4 points prior to the All-Star break:

It'd be huge. I think we'd be able to enjoy those few days off even more so we've got our sights set on that.


10:30 AM: In case you thought we were lying: The Sens are in New York!


8:30 AM: The Ottawa Senators are in New York tonight when they take on the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

The Sens travel to NYC after a tough loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at home on Saturday by a score of 3-2. Goals from Cody Ceci and Mark Stone provided the offence for the Sens while Craig Anderson made 25 saves in defeat. You can watch the full highlights from that game here:

The Sens record for the season currently sits at 18-18-8 which has them sitting in 7th place in the Atlantic Division.

Sens head coach Dave Cameron gave a few updates yesterday regarding the team's line-up against the Rangers...

The Rangers are coming off a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins this past Sunday afternoon. Rick Nash (x2), Derek Stepan (x2) and Derick Brassard all scored for New York while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 of 34 to earn the decision. The Rangers record on the season sits at 26-13-4 through 43 games and they currently sit 3rd in the Metropolitan Division.

This is the first of three meetings between these teams this season.

The Sens will hit the ice for their morning skate today and I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts, Sens TV videos, Instagram goodness and more.

Stay tuned!

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