OTTAWA SENATORS (13-7-1) @ NEW YORK RANGERS (15-6-1)
BACK ON TRACK
After an impressive rebound win versus the Flyers Friday, the Rangers return home to take on the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden Sunday. The game is the first of three meetings between the Rangers and Senators this season, and the first of two at The Garden.
BACK AT THE GARDEN
Former Ranger forward Derick Brassard will face his former team for the first time as a Senator after being traded to Ottawa in the offseason for Mika Zibanejad. Brassard has struggled in his new home, collecting only nine points in 21 games, however, he has picked up three points in his past four games.
FACING OLD MATES
Forward Matt Puempel was claimed by the Rangers last week after the Senators waived him and tonight the 23-year-old from Windsor, Ontario will face his former team for the first time since being let go. Friday, in his Rangers debut, Puempel finished with a goal on two shots, and with a plus-1 rating in 12:32 of ice time.
CONDON VS. THE RANGERS?
The Senators enter tonight’s game coming off a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night in Ottawa. Goalie Craig Anderson gained his 10th win of the season, however it is rare that any goalie plays back-to-back, which means we will most likely see Mike Condon in net for the Sens. Condon has started three games this season between the pipes, and begins the night with a 2-1 record and a 1.76 goals against average with a 9.43 save percentage and a shutout.
UPDATE: Craig Anderson will be net for Ottawa.
Defenseman Erik Karlsson continues to puzzle opponents, as he leads the Senators in scoring with four goals and 13 assists for 17 points in and 21 games. Saturday, Karlsson gained an assist on Kyle Turris’ game-winning goal with 3:32 remaining in the third period against the Hurricanes to help the Senators gain a 2–1 win.