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W2W4: Rangers vs. Senators

3/24/2011

The red-hot Rangers try to keep their hot streak going tonight against the last-place Ottawa Senators. Here are some things to watch for in tonight’s contest.

STAAL RETURNS: As previously reported here, defenseman Marc Staal will make his return to the lineup after missing the two previous games with an undisclosed injury. Matt Gilroy will be a healthy scratch and Steve Eminger will get ice time. Sean Avery will be the other healthy scratch.

“(Eminger) has played well,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. “Gilly hasn’t been real bad, but I just like the way Emmy’s played underneath the hashmarks and his physical play.”

HOTNESS: The Rangers look to keep alive their longest winning streak of the season against the Senators tonight. The Blue Shirts have won five games in a row and are peaking at the right point of the season with the playoffs right around the corner. With each additional win, the Rangers move closer and closer toward securing a playoff berth.

As well as the team has played recently, goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been just as hot. The goalie is now 7-1 with a 1.98 goals against average and .932 save percentage. He’s also recorded two shutouts. In his career, Lundqvist is 10-11 with a 1.98 goals against average versus the Senators.

THE YOUNG ONES: Keep an eye on the line of Wojtek Wolski, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello. While that combination of players has just one goal in the past six games, Tortorealla thnks they are on the cusp of breaking out.

“They’ve been OK. They’re close. Wolly has really worked on his board play, I thought he made some really goods plays last game as far as protecting pucks and things we are asking him to do offensively,” Tortorella said. “We talked about that today. They’re close, they haven’t produced a lot there, they have done some other good things, hopefully we’ll get some goals out of them.”