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Sens vs. Rangers - Game #1 Preview

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens kick off their second round playoff series with the New York Rangers tonight at Canadian Tire Centre at 7 p.m.

In 3 regular season games this season, Ottawa ended with a 2-1-0 record against New York. Craig Anderson backstopped both of the Sens wins (which included a shutout back on November 27th, 2016) to go along with a .981 save percentage and a miniscule 0.50 goals against average versus the Blueshirts this season. Offensively, Jean-Gabriel Pageau lead the Sens in scoring against the Rangers finishing with 5 points (2G + 3A) in 3 games.

Here's a series preview via the good folks over at

Video: Hradek previews Sens vs. Rangers second round series


Previous game

These teams last met on April 8th where the Sens capped off Fan Appreciation Night with a 3-1 victory over the visiting Rangers. Mike Hoffman, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and former-Ranger Derick Brassard provided the offence for the Senators while it took New York 59+ minutes before being able to finally get something past Craig Anderson this season when ex-Sen Mika Zibenajed scored the Rangers' lone goal in defeat.

Check out the full highlights from that game below...

Video: Condensed Game: Rangers @ Senators


Sens to watch

We'll start with the former New York Ranger and current Sens playoff leading scorer Derick Brassard. In Callum Fraser's "By The Numbers" recap of the team's first round victory over the Bruins, he identified Brassard's offensive contributions as a major factor. From the article...

After six games of brilliant hockey during his first playoff series as a Senator, the legend of Derick "Big Game Brass" Brassard continues to grow.
Only Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin has more points than Brassard after the first round. The Hull native leads all Senators with eight points and is tied for the team lead in power play points with four.
Brassard had points in five of the six games during the series and was in on 53.3% of Ottawa's 15 goals (two goals and six assists). In the four wins, he racked up two goals and five assists.
By far the player with the most success in the playoffs on the team, Brassard has 52 points in 65 career games. Since 2013, only Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have more points in the postseason. That's pretty decent company.

Clarke MacArthur's return has truly been inspiring to watch and is an incredible accomplishment on it's own but his contributions to the Sens Round 1 win over Boston take it to another level. MacArthur notched a pair of massive goals for the Senators in the first round including the series-winner in overtime in Game #6.

Video: OTT@BOS, Gm6: MacArthur scores in OT, ends series


Red Zone

The Red Zone is back for Round 2 and will be absolutely rocking before every Sens home game. So if you are coming to tonight's game, aim to get here a little early and take in some of the pre-game activities starting at 5 p.m.

Click here for more details about the Red Zone.



Can't make it to CTC tonight? Catch all the action on CBC and TVAS or if you're looking for a great spot in the city to watch the game check out the Molson Canadian Watch Parties at Sens House. Click here to make a reservation.

Tweet from @SensHouseOttawa: Woo hoo!!!!!!!!!

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