The Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers will begin a home-and-home series tonight at Madison Square Garden before jetting off for the preseason finale tomorrow in Ottawa.
According to Andrew Gross, the Rangers will scratch Michal Rozsival, Pavel Valentenko, Michael Sauer, Todd White, Vinny Prospal, and Tim Kennedy. Prospal was supposed to play, but is a late scratch due to his continually aching knee, which may be a problem as the Rangers are just one week away from opening night.
All the players scratched tonight, with the exception of Prospal, are sure to play in tomorrows game.
Henrik Lundqvist will go the distance in goal for the Rangers, and Brian Elliott for the Senators. The Rangers Martin Biron and Ottawa's Pascal Leclaire will be between the pipes tomorrow.
For the Rangers, these next two games are time for players such as Brian Boyle, Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan to make the final cases for cracking the opening night roster.
Ottawa will dress a near NHL-caliber lineup, with expected lines, courtesy of Scott Macarthur, as follows:
Other than Ottawa's fourth line of Keller-Winchester-Butler, and the third D-pair, Cowen and Lee, the remaining thirteen skaters are guaranteed to be playing for the Sens when they open their regular season schedule.
For both teams, the home stretch of the NHL preseason is here. As systems continue to be implemented, and with both team skating a bunch of regulars, look for a good game at the Garden tonight.
Prediction, the 4-1 Rangers continue their winning ways and go on to beat Ottawa 3-2 in the closest game of the Rangers preseason.
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Enjoy the game!