A lot of folks have this pegged as the “least interesting” series of round one and I’d be hard pressed to argue that. The Rangers steam rolled their way through four-fifths of the regular season and fell a hair short of capturing the Presidents’ Trophy. The Sens were in a lot of ways the surprise team of the regular season as they clawed their way into the playoffs despite being a consensus lottery team. Game one should be a good indicator of what there is to look forward to and ideally it will be something good.
-I’ve been profiling the goalies in each of these threads given that we all know how important goaltending is to have any sort of hope in the playoffs. These lines may surprise you a bit…
Craig Anderson vs. the Rangers this season: 2-1-0; 2.28 GAA; .914 SV%
Henrik Lundqvist vs. the Senators this season: 1-1-1; 2.92 GAA; .905 SV%
Bear in mind that Ben Bishop started a game for Ottawa and Marty Biron started a game for the Blueshirts during this series this year, but slight edge to Anderson there. Even with that, it’s still hard to bet against Henrik Lundqvist. Not many guys are better and, well, that smile… *swoon*
-Neither team came into the post-season with new injuries. Chris Neil was reportedly a question mark for this game but looks as though he has been cleared. The Rangers will be without Steve Eminger and Michael Sauer as they have been for some time.
Projected Lineups (per morning skates):
Colin Greening-Jason Spezza-Milan Michalek
Nick Foligno-Kyle Turris-Daniel Alfredsson
Zack Smith-Jesse Winchester-Chris Neil
Erik Condra-Jim O’Brien-Kaspars Daugavins
Erik Karlsson-Filip Kuba
Sergei Gonchar-Jared Cowen
Chris Phillips-Matt Gilroy
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp-John Mitchell-RW Ruslan Fedotenko
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Michael Del Zotto
Stu Bickel-Anton Stralman
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