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Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 68 — Rangers vs. Senators

Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 10:00 AM ET
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4:30 PM: Today's Gameday Goodie features a guest host as Ryan Coyte, a 16-year old from Kanata, Make A Wish recipient and World Junior fan chats with Mika Zibanejad about being the hero at the 2012 World Junior Championships.

Take a look...

3:00 PM: Sens captain Jason Spezza offered his thoughts ahead of tonight's clash with the Rangers.

1:45 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Sens and Rangers.

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

Hemsky - Spezza - Michalek

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan

Hoffman - Zibanejad - Condra

Greening - Smith - Neil

Defence

Methot - Karlsson

Phillips - Ceci

Cowen - Gryba

Goaltenders

Lehner

Lawson

New York Rangers

Forwards

Kreider - Stepan - Nash

Hagelin - Richards - Pouliot

Zuccarello - Brassard - St-Louis

Boyle - D. Moore - Carcillo

Defence

McDonagh - Girardi

Staal - Stralman

J. Moore - Klein

Goaltenders

Lundqvist

Talbot

1:15 PM: Sens defenceman Erik Karlsson leads the team in scoring through 68 games with 61 points. Here's what he had to say on tonight's matchup...

On the importance of tonight:

I think it's the same as it has been for a while now, it's must-win for us and we know we have to win. I think as of late we've been playing pretty well we just haven't got that last goal to win a game. We've been getting a lot of chances we've just got to find a way to put the puck in the net.

On the day off helping erase the weekend:

It's always nice to get days off and I think everyone is really motivated coming into tonight to do good and play well and play for each other. I think with the group we have it's not going to be a problem for the last 15 games.

On beating Lundqvist:

He's one of the best goalies in the League obviously and as long as he sees the puck it's going to be an easy stop for him almost. We've got to get a lot of traffic in there and the more pucks we shoot the better chance we have of getting goals.

12:00 PM: The Sens held their morning skate today at Canadian Tire Centre and Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts to the media afterwards. Here's what he had to say...

Mark Reeds will undergo a medical procedure in the coming days that will require that he be absent from the team at times. We appreciate your respect for his privacy at this time and we will have and make no further comment on this moving forward.

On the lineup:

Robin Lehner is the goalie and the lineup's the same.

On Anderson:

He practiced today which is very positive but he's not going to play tonight, he's not going to dress tonight. Obviously him practicing is a good sign.

On the Rangers:

We have two games against them, we have some games in hand so the mathematics means you better play well against this team, not to mention the other teams that are around us at the same time. They're the team that's right now in the eighth spot and we know it's more than just us chasing them, but that makes it, again, the biggest game of the year for us.

On keeping morale positive:

Well it's my job to coach the team and that's all part of it. We're going to play every game and like I've always said, I still believe we're going to like where we are after 82.

10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators return to action tonight when they take on the New York Rangers at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Sens fell by a 3-1 score to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday afternoon in the second leg of a weekend back-to-back. Mika Zibanejad scored the team's lone goal with 18 seconds to play while Robin Lehner made 19 saves in the loss.

The Rangers enter tonight's game with a 36-29-4 record in 69 games for 76 points. They currently occupy the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. In 33 games away from Madison Square Garden they have put together a record of 20-13-0.

New York took the lone matchup between the two teams in January with a 4-1 win in Ottawa.

The Sens will have their morning skate at 10:15 AM at Canadian Tire Centre and I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts, Sens TV videos, Instagram goodness and more.

Stay tuned!


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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02