The blood has had a chance to boil for at least two days, but tonight the Quarterfinal series between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators resumes in Canada’s capital city.
Tensions will certainly be at a heightened level, as the physical play from Game 2 resulted in both sides losing players for disciplinary reason. Ottawa’s Matt Carkner has been suspended one game for his altercation with Brian Boyle and New York’s Carl Hagelin punished three games for his elbow to the head of Daniel Alfredsson.
Rough stuff aside, there’s still a series to play—one that was tied up 1-1 by Ottawa thanks to a late third period goal and early OT goal to squash the Rangers’ home-ice advantage.
Join after the jump for the full pre-game report.
Projected Lines: According to a tweet by Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News, rookie Chris Kreider could make his NHL debut tonight in Ottawa.
Here is the projected lineup…
Player To Watch
It’s easy to say Chris Kreider here, but the player to focus on for the Rangers tonight is Brandon Dubinsky.
Fresh off being kicked out of Game 2, I would expect nothing less than Dubinsky playing like a man possessed tonight. With New York losing a key cog in their scoring line in Carl Hagelin, Dubinsky will be counted on to provide an offensive spark, especially if he slots in on the 2nd line.
We all know he’s due. Tonight could be the night.
Make sure to check out SenShot for Ottawa’s perspective heading into Game 3.