*UPDATE, 1:45: Same lineup in place as the Pittsburgh game, including Henrik Lundqvist back in net. The one variable is Fedor Tyutin, who will test out his twisted ankle during warm-ups and would be replaced by Sandis Ozolinsh if he can’t go.*
If you subscribe to the belief that the Rangers’ early season adversity is only going to make them a better team come March and April (the alternative, of course, is that they’re out of the playoff race and utterly demoralized) then today’s meeting with the Senators should help in some way in that department.
Consider the Rangers were knocked around pretty good in two games in Ottawa last season (they went 1-3 overall against the Senators), including a December drubbing in which Kevin Weekes allowed four goals in the first period, and was summarily pulled. Final tally after two games in the Canadian capital last year: Senators 10, Rangers 3.
Anyway, at one point this season the Senators seemed more vulnerable than ever, but they’ve since won eight of their last 10 and just a point behind the Rangers in the Eastern Conference standings. That said, they are expected to be without Wade Redden and Daniel Alfredsson. Make of that what you will.
No word yet on the lines or the starting goalie, but I’ll pass it along when I have it. In other news….