Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 68 — Rangers vs. Senators
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.
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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.
Hemsky - Spezza - Michalek
MacArthur - Turris - Ryan
Hoffman - Zibanejad - Condra
Greening - Smith - Neil
Methot - Karlsson
Phillips - Ceci
Cowen - Gryba
New York Rangers
Kreider - Stepan - Nash
Hagelin - Richards - Pouliot
Zuccarello - Brassard - St-Louis
Boyle - D. Moore - Carcillo
McDonagh - Girardi
Staal - Stralman
J. Moore - Klein
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.
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.
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