Series: Series is tied at 0-0. Senators took the regular season series 3-1.
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (41-35-76)
OTT Leading Scorer: Jason Spezza (34-50-84)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (62 GS, 1.97 GAA, .931 SV%)
OTT Goaltender: Craig Anderson (60 GS, 2.83 GAA, .910 SV%)
Rangers Lines (probable):
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Brian Boyle-Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp-John Mitchell-Brandon Prust
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Marc Staal-Stu Bickel
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start
Probable Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Mats Zuccarello (wrist), Steve Eminger (ankle), Jeff Woywitka (healthy), John Scott (healthy), Chris Kreider (healthy)
Preview: It’s the first time in a long time that the Rangers have opened the playoffs at home, and it’s a great feeling. The Rangers have a tough draw with the Senators, but it’s definitely a winnable series. Suit previewed the Senators style of play here, and Justin previewed Craig Anderson’s goaltending style here. Make sure you read up on those before reading my series preview here.
Not That Crazy A Thought: Hank gets the shutout in a blowout.