Ottawa puts home win streak on the line against New York
Ottawa, Ontario; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Ottawa hosts New York trying to continue its three-game home winning streak.
The Senators are 8-7-0 against conference opponents. Ottawa averages 10.4 penalty minutes per game, the fifth-most in the NHL. Mark Borowiecki leads the team serving 29 total minutes.
The Rangers are 7-6-1 in Eastern Conference play. New York ranks fifth in the NHL averaging 5.9 assists per game, led by Mika Zibanejad with 0.8.
Ottawa knocked off New York 6-2 in the last meeting between these teams on Nov. 4. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored two goals for the Senators in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Connor Brown leads the Senators with 12 assists and has recorded 14 points this season. Pageau has collected 10 points over the last 10 games for Ottawa.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 6-3-1, averaging 3.5 goals, 6.1 assists, 5.2 penalties and 15.9 penalty minutes while allowing 3.2 goals per game with a .908 save percentage.
Senators: 7-3-0, averaging three goals, 4.3 assists, 3.6 penalties and 8.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .918 save percentage.
Senators Injuries: Erik Brannstrom: day to day (undisclosed).