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Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, Ontario Attendance: 13,212
Struggling Senators take on Rangers
New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators
- The Rangers lost in a shootout Monday, 2-1, against the Dallas Stars. New York went without a single power-play opportunity against the Stars, and is 0-for-8 with the man advantage in its last four games. In their last 12 games, the Rangers are 3-for-9 on the power play versus Carolina, but 0-for-24 versus all other teams.
- The Senators lost, 3-2, at Buffalo on Tuesday. Ottawa has lost five straight games (0-4-1) and 12 of its last 13 games (1-10-2). The Senators are 4-for-46 (8.7%) on the power play in the last 13 games.
- This is the second of three meetings between the Rangers and Senators this season, and the first of two in Canada. New York won the first meeting, 3-0, at home on November 19. It was Henrik Lundqvist's 63rd shutout of his career.
- Chris Kreider has just one point in his last five games, but it was his 100th career assist, and he is one goal away from 100 for his career and one point away from 200 for his career.
- Including the postseason, Henrik Lundqvist's next start against Ottawa will be the 50th of his career against the Senators. The 49 career starts are currently third most all-time behind Martin Brodeur's 87 starts and Ryan Miller's 53 starts.
- Derick Brassard scored last night in Buffalo snapping a career-high 20-game goalless drought. Brassard scored six goals in the first eight games of the season, but had to wait until last night for goal number seven. Brassard had a team-high 60 shots on goal during his 20-game drought.
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OTTAWA -- On the way home from their longest road trip of the season, the Ottawa Senators scraped bottom and suffered more damage.
When they face the New York Rangers at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday, the Senators will be just 24 hours removed from their fifth straight loss, a 3-2 setback at the hands of the Eastern Conference's last-place Buffalo Sabres.
Over a seven-stop, 15-day tour that began Nov. 29 in Montreal, that left the Senators with a 1-5-1 record and just three points ahead of the Sabres. While their season is not yet a write-off, they are at a loss for answers.
"It's been a tough road trip for us," Senators center Derick Brassard said. "I think it's time for us to go home, regroup, play in front of our fans. I'm not really sure what to say here. It's not what we want, but at the end of the day, there's not easy games in the NHL. It got proved tonight."
The Senators (9-13-7) were third in the Atlantic Division with an 8-3-5 mark when returning from two games in Sweden. Since then, their wheels have found a ditch. In winning just one of their last 13 games, the Senators have been shut out in three of their last five.
"I don't think anyone in here is going to run away from anything," said Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner whose name is now included in trade rumors. "We know what it is. We know the situation that we put ourselves in. We've got to own up to it. We've got to come back to the rink tomorrow and be prepared to play, and try and figure something out here. Just like we have for the past three weeks here.
"I think we have a tight, good group of guys here that understand where we're at and what we're doing to ourselves. We're trying everything we can to get out of it."
The Rangers (16-11-3) were disappointed in their 2-1 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars on Monday, but they haven't had many blips of late. New York is 7-2-1 in its last 10 games and clinging to the final wild-card spot in the East.
Backup goalie Ondrej Pavelec stopped 44 of 45 shots vs. Dallas for his second 40-save performance in a row. Coach Alain Vigneault, in fact, said Pavelec's play was the only reason the Rangers salvaged a point.
"As an individual, you have to find a way to compete. And, even if you think you're going, you need all five guys on the ice to be at the same level," Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh told reporters. "In order for us to be successful, we can't have three or four guys going and expect to win a game. So, in that aspect, I'm just thinking as a team here we collectively have to look at ourselves and make sure that we are playing the way that is expected of us, each individual."
As for Wednesday's goaltending matchup, it's expected both No. 1 goalies -- New York's Henrik Lundqvist and Ottawa's Craig Anderson -- will be between the pipes in a familiar rivalry.
Lundqvist shut out the Senators 3-0 when the two squared off in the only previous meeting this season, Nov. 19 at Madison Square Garden. Anderson led his team to a six-game victory over Lundqvist and the Rangers in the second-round of last spring's playoffs.
Updated December 13, 2017