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Preaseason Game 6: Rangers at Ottawa

OPPONENT: Ottawa Senators

2009-2010 RECORD: 44-32-6

2009-2010 LEADING SCORER: Daniel Alfredsson (20-51-71)

GOALIE: Brian Elliott, 2.57 GAA and a .910 save percentage


The lines were not confirmed as of 2:30pm when I wrote this, but here is the lineup:

Brandon Prust, Todd White, Tim Kennedy, Brandon Dubinsky, Ruslan Fedotenko, Brian Boyle, Erik Christensen, Artem Anisimov, Derek Stepan, Derek Boogaard, Dale Weise, Mats Zuccarello-Aasen

Michael, Del Zotto, Ryan, McDonagh, Mike Sauer, Matt Gilroy, Pavel Valentenko, Steve Eminger

Martin Biron will likely play the entire game.

STATE OF THE BLUESHIRTS: After a 4-1 start to the preseason, the Rangers are looking to end the preseason on a high(er) note tonight against Ottawa. It feel strange to say this, but the positional battles at camp have been very exciting to watch, and has many fans buzzing about the Rangers this year. The fourth line has been solid, the offense has been balanced, the penalty has been the status quo (solid), and the powerplay has been clicking. Dale Weise and Mats Zuccarello-Aasen are up for tonight’s game, taking the place of Ryan Callahan and Marian Gaborik, who are out for rest. The final cuts will be made tomorrow, and the decision has definitely not been an easy one for the Rangers coaching staff.

CRAZY THOUGHT: Valentenko scores.


FINAL PREDICTION: Rangers 3, Senators 1

The game is at 7pm tonight.

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  • Good test for the youth in the lineup going up against the Senators’ regular season lineup. Trial by fire for a lot of the guys on the bubble, hopefully the strong will shine and survive.

      • They looked porous on defense and they looked like they were playing Ottawa’s regular season roster. McDonagh and Sauer played solid games, Eminger made a few mistakes and Tank took a few penalties. Del Zotto was not that great in his own end (again). Rough final preseason game to watch. Hopefully this trial by fire left a clear choice for the coaching staff regarding what D to hold onto.

  • Zuccarello playing tonite – Why? Stepan has just scored – this kid is special – I think he has to make the team at this point.

  • They wanted to rest Cally/Gaborik, so they called up Weise and MZA.

    Stepan made the team at the expense of EC, in my opinion.

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