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Series at a glance: NY Rangers-Ottawa playoff preview

Apr 8, 2012, 6:24 PM EST

Schedule

All times are Eastern.

* – if necessary

Thursday April 12 in New York @ 7 p.m. (NHL Network, CBC)
Saturday April 14 in New York @ 7 p.m. (NBC Sports Network, CBC)
Monday April 16 in Ottawa @ 7:30 p.m. (CNBC, CBC)
Wednesday April 18 in Ottawa @ 7:30 p.m. (CNBC, CBC)
*Saturday April 21 in New York @ 7 p.m. (NBC Sports Network, CBC)
*Monday April 23 in Ottawa @ TBD (TBD)
*Thursday April 26 in New York @ TBD (TBD)

Three storylines to follow

1. Is Henrik Lundqvist going to be his Vezina-caliber self? For years, Lundqvist carried an inferior team to playoff berths and then wore down once the postseason rolled around. There’s a much better team in front of him and he’s as well-rested as he’s ever been in April, but his late-season injury and shaky tune-up game against Washington could be cause for concern.

2. Ottawa’s kiddie corps. Jared Cowen, Erik Karlsson, Kyle Turris, Nick Foligno, Colin Greening and Erik Condra are all 25 or younger and have almost no playoff experience to speak of (Foligno leads all, with 10 games.) How will they stack up against a well-coached, experienced and hard-nosed No. 1 seed?

3. Strength vs. strength: The Rangers are better than they’ve been in a long time on offense, but their identity still revolves around stout defense, all-world goaltending and relentless effort. Could an explosive Ottawa offense create just enough havoc to throw a balanced Rangers team … out of balance?

Records

NY Rangers: 51-24-7, 109 points (1st in Atlantic; 1st in Eastern Conference) | Ottawa: 41-31-10, 92 points (2nd in Northeast; 8th in Eastern Conference)

Leading scorers

NY Rangers: Marian Gaborik (41G-35A-76PTS) | Ottawa: Jason Spezza (34G-50A-84PTS)

Starting goalies

NY Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist (39-18-5, 1.97 GAA) | Ottawa: Craig Anderson (33-22-6, 2.83 GAA)

Head-to-head

Ottawa won series 3-1
Oct. 29: Ottawa 5, at NY Rangers 4, SO
Nov. 9: NY Rangers 3, at Ottawa 2
Jan. 12: Ottawa 3, at NY Rangers 0
March 8: At Ottawa 4, NY Rangers 1

Last 10 games

NY Rangers: 6-4-0 | Ottawa: 4-6-0

Playoff history

First meeting

2011 playoffs

NY Rangers: Lost to Washington 4-1 (Eastern Conference quarterfinals) | Ottawa: Did not qualify

Stanley Cups

NY Rangers: 4 (1928, 1933, 1940, 1994) | Ottawa: None

Injuries

NY Rangers: Mats Zuccarello (wrist), Steve Eminger (ankle) and Michael Sauer (concussion). (Maybe Lundqvist’s arm, too?)

Ottawa: Chris Neil (upper body) and Peter Regin (shoulder).

  1. philly4lyfe - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Let’s go sens!

  2. sterogatory - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    As a sens fan I feel much better matching up vs rangers rather than bruins. Will be a hard fought series. Let’s go sens!

    • jkay1818 - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      keep telling yourself that.

  3. phillyphever - Apr 8, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Upset special. Ottawa wins this in 7. Sorry NY, but it looks like the team has ran out of gas late in the season.

    • jkay1818 - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      yes, they look awful. especially beating the flyers last week even by playing half the game shorthanded and still winning. This is all funny coming from flyers fans telling everyone how the senators will win, after their team went 0-6 vs the NYR and overmatched every single game. Flyers go by the adage they are a physical team. Toughness wise they cant compete with the Rangers are the senators arent a physically imposing team. the rangers will wear them down.
      Worry about Philly vs Pitt. If you would have taken care of business vs a team that has no gas, you could have been the 1 seed, and not playing pitt. But, you were 0-6

      • makesomesens - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM

        Gee your might Rangers had 4 shots this season and only closed the deal once. They do that now and this baby is done in 5 maybe 6. Sens are tougher than you think. They will not be an easy out. Anderson is 6-0 at MSG and Sens Army will be loud and proud in Ottawa. Sens in 6.

  4. chocotay77 - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    ottawa senators in 6 , win at home

  5. sk1rmish - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Sorry phillyphever. Looks like pens are taking philthy in 5

  6. cup0pizza - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Ottawa is a team that I root for and they bring a lot to the table, but I think that the Rangers will survive this round.

  7. biffnasty - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Rangers in 5

  8. brewnyc - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Rangers in 4. Pens in 5. Bos in 6. NJ in 7.

    • makesomesens - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      Rangers in 4?? Thats too funny. 1-3 this season against the sens, lost twice at home…playoffs will be no different.

  9. cfab44 - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    phillyfever…..right buddy , keep taking lsd. ur dirty team will be done in 5 homie. get a clue

  10. phntomsoul - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    The last time the Rangers finished the season on top and opened the playoffs against a team that wiped them out in the regular season, they beat the Islanders in 4 and ultimately went on to win the Stanley Cup. While I don’t think the Rangers are as strong this year, nor strong enough to win the cup, considering who else is out there, I also don’t think the Senators will be the team that knocks them out.

    Rangers in 6.

  11. jbar712 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    I hoping for Sens in 7; Go Sens!

    • jbar712 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      Let me make that ‘I am hoping for Sens in 7′

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