Rangers vs. Senators preview: Ottawa looks to extend winning streak to 3 games

Dave Sandford

The Ottawa Senators (9-6-2) will host the New York Rangers (8-6-1) at Scotiabank Place on Thursday night.

It will mark the first of three meetings between the two teams this season.

The Rangers and Senators last met during the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. With the Rangers ranked as the top seed in the East and the Senators barely qualifying for the eighth seed, many believed Ottawa would have a short run at the Cup.

However, the Senators pushed the heavily-favored Rangers to the brink and forced a Game 7.

Entering Thursday night, the Senators will be playing the underdog role again, as they will be without Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson. Despite missing two of their best players, the team will carry a two-game winning streak into the contest and has held their opponents to one goal in each game over that span.

The Rangers will be coming into the affair off a 3-1 loss against the Montreal Canadiens. With star forward and team point leader Rick Nash out with an undisclosed injury, the team will need to find a way to generate offense.

Thursday night's game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on MSG, SNET-E and TVA.

More from SB Nation:

Report: Jets will try trading Tim Tebow at NFL Combine

A table-tennis shot so awesome we GIF'd it

Jose Canseco explains gravity.

Celebrating sports' greatest miracle: the half-court heave

Lottery pick dealt in 3-team deal on eve of NBA's trade deadline

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.