5 Things to Know: Rangers at Senators – Game 1

BY: DAVID KOLB

GAME 1: NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Post Game Coverage on MSG and MSG GO After Game 1

The Rangers begin their second-round series against the Senators in Ottawa.

1 Where They Stand

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  • The Rangers head north of the border to face the Ottawa Senators tonight at Canadian Tire Centre in Game 1 of the second round of the playoffs.
  • The Rangers are facing the Senators in the postseason for the second time since the Sens entered the NHL in 1992. The two teams played against each other in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2012, when the Blueshirts defeated Ottawa in seven games.
  • Six skaters currently on the Rangers roster skated for New York when the club faced Ottawa in 2012, including Dan Girardi, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, and Derek Stepan.
  • The Rangers have won 10 of their last 15 regular season road games against the Senators, dating back to Jan. 10, 2009 (10-4-1 record over the span).

2 Who's Hot?

  • Mika Zibanejad led the Rangers in assists (three) and points (four) in the First Round vs. Montreal and recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the final two games of the series. 
  • The first-year Ranger scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Game 5 in Montreal, giving No. 93 his first career playoff overtime goal and postseason game-winning goal. 
  • The center played with the Sens for parts of five seasons from 2011 to 2016 and established career-highs in games played (81), goals (21), assists (30), and points (51) during his final campaign in Ottawa last season.

3 Say What?

Alain Vigneault addresses the media after practice to discuss the Rangers' confidence entering Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Senators.

“I really believe at the end of the day, we had some guys play well against Montreal, but there’s another level to find here. Another level of compete and another level of making plays on the ice that we need to find to be able to beat Ottawa. It’s that simple.”

 — Alain Vigneault explaining what he expects from his club to defeat the Senators in the best-of-seven second round series

4 Did You Know?

  • New York is facing two Canadian-based teams in the same playoff year for the first time since 1937. The Rangers have won each of their last six playoff series against a Canadian-based team, dating back to the 1994 Stanley Cup Final vs. Vancouver.
  • The Rangers played the defunct Ottawa Senators in the playoffs in 1930 (the ‘original’ Senators played in the NHL from 1917-18 through 1933-34). New York won a two-game, total goals quarterfinal series, 6-3.

5 Must-See Video

Rick Nash looks ahead to Rangers’ second-round series vs. Ottawa

Rick Nash is looking forward to battling the Ottawa Senators as the Rangers gear up for Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.