After getting embarrassed against Boston eight days ago, the Blueshirts now seek a third straight win when they host the Ottawa Senators on Monday night (7:00 P.M. ET, MSG).
Since losing 7-4 against the Bruins, the Rangers have won two straight games after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators. In both games, Ryan Lindgren and Filip Chytil played their first two NHL games of the season and Alex Georgiev stopped 61 of 63 shots he saw between both games. Throughout the two-game winning streak, the Rangers have played two of their best games of the season against two of the league’s best teams.
“When we bring it, we sure are a hard team to play against,” said Brett Howden.
“I think when you’re winning, the atmosphere in the locker room is way better than when you lose, so I’m happy I can help the team with scoring goals,” Chytil said. Chytil has scored a goal in each game since being recalled from Hartford.
“I think every guy’s elevated their game to a level that they need to in order for us to have success, not only individually but collectively, and you see the results,” said head coach David Quinn.
The Rangers will continue to ride the hot lineup as Georgiev will keep Henrik Lundqvist on the bench for a third straight game and Staal will once again be a healthy scratch. The Rangers won the first meeting against the Senators 4-1. Mika Zibanejad registered a hat trick against his former team. Zibanejad will remain out of the lineup for a third straight game due to an upper-body injury.
“We don’t want to be without our top-line center, but it shows character from our team, and it shows that us young guys and all the rest of the guys can step in and do a job,” said Lias Andersson. “Obviously we want Mika back as soon as possible, but we believe in this group.”
The Ottawa Senators have had a down year to star as many expected. Connor Brown currently leads the team in points with eleven. While Ottawa will be out for revenge after losing the first meeting between the two sides, it’s Vladislav Namestnikov who will be out for the most revenge. Namestnikov was traded by the Rangers just two days after defeating the Senators earlier this season. The 26-year-old currently has seven points.
Anders Nilsson will make the start for the Senators. Nilsson holds a 1-3-1 record with a 3.36 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. The 29-year-old holds a 4-1-1 career record against the Blueshirts.
Quinn has stated that Henrik Lundqvist will start Wednesday night when Detroit comes to New York. Staal will also get back in the lineup sooner rather than later. “The plan wasn’t to have him sit three, that’s for sure,” Quinn said. But he’s going to get back in.”
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