Standings: Senators (35-25-8), Rangers (42-16-7)
Rangers Lines (probable):
Martin Biron gets the nod.
Preview: Oh Ottawa, you crazy, crazy Senators. You go from being just outside a lottery pick to being a virtual lock for the playoffs in just one year. The Senators are a nightmare matchup for the Rangers. They have a very high powered and skilled offense, and they play the 1-2-2 hybrid trap almost to perfection. There’s a reason why the Rangers have gone 1-1-1 in their first three meetings this year.
This regular season series could be a potential first round matchup for the Rangers. Ottawa is currently the #7 seed, but Winnipeg and/or Washington could catch them if either makes a run.
The Senators are a dangerous team, and are definitely no pushover. The Devils ruined the Rangers on Tuesday with their 1-2-2 trap, and the Senators play the exact same style, with an equal amount of skill. The only difference between New Jersey and Ottawa: goaltending. Goaltending is still a big question mark for the Senators.
That said, the Rangers seem to struggle against rookies who they have never faced before. This could be a long game.
Crazy Thought: Boyle and Prust score…and Prust actually doesn’t fight this game. Double whammy of a crazy thought!
Opposition Blog: Sen Shot