The Ottawa Senators have lost four straight games, and face a tough test tonight when they visit the red-hot New York Rangers. The Rangers have won four straight games behind the strong offensive play of Rick Nash and the steady goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist. Tonight’s game is the last of a five-game road trip for the Senators, and they could definitely use a win to finish up their visit to the East Coast.
While still missing Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson and Craig Anderson, the Senators have managed two wins and six points. Robin Lehner is 0-0-2 while Ben Bishop is 4-4-0 with a 2.54 goals against average. It will be Lehner getting the nod tonight, his third start of the season. If he can keep the Senators in contention (and his 1.87 goals against average suggests he can), they may be able to sneak out a win.
The four goals the Senators managed in Wednesday’s loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs marked the team’s highest offensive output since Feb. 5, yet it was not enough. Mika Zibanejad, Zack Smith, Daniel Alfredsson and Colin Greening scored goals in a game where the main storyline ended up being the first period fight and subsequent KO of the Senators’ David Dziurzynski at the hands of the Maple Leafs’ Frazer McLaren. Alfredsson’s goal was just his fifth of the season and his first in eight games. With Spezza out the team is still waiting for someone to step up and lead the way for the offense, as it doesn’t appear Alfredsson is able to.