NHL Hockey

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NY Rangers 0 0 0 0
Ottawa 2 1 0 3
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ETNaN:� BRT, November 29, 2018
Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, Ontario  Attendance: 10,921

Rookie Tkachuk leads Senators into game against Rangers

New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators

  1. The Rangers won, 4-2, at home against Ottawa on Monday night, scoring three of their four goals in the third period. New York has won only three road games all season (3-6-2) and all three came in shootouts. The last Rangers' non-shootout win on the road was March 31, 2018 at Carolina, 2-1.
  2. After losing at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Ottawa traveled to Philadelphia on Tuesday and won 4-3. The Senators trailed 3-1 entering the third period and won 4-3 in regulation. The Senators have now won twice this season after trailing by 2+ goals entering the third period, tied for most such wins in the NHL (also Detroit).
  3. This is the second of three meetings this season between the Rangers and Senators, and the only one in Canada. The Senators have won the last four home meetings with the Rangers, outscoring them 15-6. New York's last win at Ottawa was November 14, 2015, 2-1 in a shootout.
  4. The Senators (17.8) and the Rangers (16.3) are No. 1 and No. 2 in the NHL in blocked shots per game. Ottawa was third in this category last season at 16.3 and the Rangers were 13th at 15.0.
  5. Chris Kreider's third-period goal vs. Ottawa on Monday turned out to be the game-winning goal. It was Kreider's first game-winning goal since April 2, 2017 vs. Philadelphia. Kreider's 13 goals lead the Rangers and are tied for third most among American-born players (tied with Patrick Kane, then Cam Atkinson 15 and Joe Pavelski 16).
  6. Matt Duchene leads the Senators with 31 points. His 31 points are the most by a Senators' player through the first 25 team games of a season since 2007-08 when Daniel Alfredsson (34) and Dany Heatley (31) had as many through 25 team games.

OTTAWA -- Brady Tkachuk is making up for lost time.

In the process, the Ottawa Senators rookie is also working himself into the early season Calder Trophy conversation.

Tkachuk, who on Nov. 8 returned from a leg injury that sidelined him for 11 games, scored twice to propel the Senators to a 4-3 comeback win on Tuesday in Philadelphia that stopped the team's losing streak at four games. He also had an assist to give him five points in two games and 16 in 14 games this season.

With nine goals, Tkachuk has already surpassed the eight he had in 40 games last season at Boston University. And his recent point surge has him tied with teammate Colin White for second place among rookie scorers, five behind Vancouver's Elias Peterson.

The fourth overall selection in last spring's NHL entry draft has also provided the Senators with the physical, gritty winger they've long lacked.

"He brings something a little different," teammate Matt Duchene told the Ottawa Sun. "I don't think we have a power forward quite like him on the team. When we drafted him, that was something I was excited about, to have a guy like that.

"I played with Gabriel Landeskog in Colorado and I told (Tkachuk) they're very similar players in the stuff they do. They crash and bang, they have good hands and feet and they can see the ice at the same time. You can see the reasons he was such a high pick."

The Senators (10-12-3) will anxiously return to Canadian Tire Centre for Thursday's game against the New York Rangers. They are 7-4-2 on home ice.

The Rangers (13-10-2) have had a break since beating the Senators 4-2 on Monday in New York. That win was not without its cost. Forward Vladislav Namestnikov landed in concussion protocol after a collision with Ottawa's Thomas Chabot.

The Rangers will also be without winger Mats Zuccarello, who is dealing with a groin problem. With only 11 healthy forwards, Rangers coach Dave Quinn said he might have to go to use seven defenceman against Ottawa by dressing former Senators player Fredrik Claesson.

"I don't love it, but it is on the table," Quinn, who coached Tkachuk at Boston University, told the New York Post of the 7-11 format. "I want to get Freddie back in. He didn't deserve to come out."

Henrik Lundqvist is expected to be in goal for the Rangers. In 41 career games against the Senators, he has a sagging 17-20-3 record but a strong 2.16 goals-against average and .928 save percentage.

The Senators will start Craig Anderson, who has a 12-7-3 record against the Rangers that includes a sparkling 1.87 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.

The Senators, who are among the league leaders in goals scored, have also surrendered a league-high 107.

Anderson has substantial leads in goalie categories that reflect the defensive struggles of his team. Heading into Wednesday, he had faced in excess of 100 more shots (788) than the second busiest goalie in the league. He was also a long way in front of the pack in saves (709) and goals against (79).

Updated November 28, 2018

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