New York hosts conference rival Ottawa
New York; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: New York takes on Ottawa in Eastern Conference action.
The Rangers have gone 18-13-8 in home games. New York serves 10.2 penalty minutes per game, the most in the NHL. Brendan Smith leads the team serving 69 total minutes.
The Senators are 10-27-2 in road games. Ottawa ranks eighth in the NHL shooting 10.0 percent and averaging 3.0 goals on 29.7 shots per game. In their last meeting on Nov. 29, Ottawa won 3-0. Drake Batherson recorded a team-high 2 points for the Senators in the victory.
LAST 10 GAMES: Senators: 5-5-0, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.8 assists, 3.1 penalties and 7.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .917 save percentage.
Rangers: 3-7-0, averaging 2.2 goals, 3.8 assists, 4.3 penalties and 11.4 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with a .914 save percentage.
Rangers Injuries: Pavel Buchnevich: day to day (undisclosed), Jesper Fast: out for season (upper body).
Senators Injuries: Zack Smith: day to day (undisclosed).