The Rangers acquired Jagr from the Washington Capitals in
exchange for fellow right wing Anson Carter on Friday after
months of speculation. It was the second move of the day for New
York, which also made a deal for Columbus defenseman Jamie
The 32-year-old Jagr escapes the Capitals, who have the
second-worst record in the NHL, to try and help the Rangers make
the playoffs for the first time since 1997.
Jagr was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team this
season and has 16 goals, 29 assists and a minus-4 rating in 46
games this season. He has not finished with a minus rating
since his rookie season of 1990-91.
The struggling Rangers hope for an immediate impact from Jagr
as they are in the midst of a season-high five-game winless skid
(0-3-2). They have lost three in a row for the second time this
season after Thursday's 4-2 defeat against Philadelphia at home.
New York played without center Eric Lindros, who did not play
due to the flu.
The Rangers continued to get bit by the injury bug after goalie
Mike Dunham left following the second period with a mild
concussion. He suffered the injury after colliding with Flyers
left wing John LeClair.
New York will be without Dunham, who did not travel to Ottawa,
but Poti is expected to return after missing two games due to
The Rangers will be up against one of the hottest teams in the
league in the Senators, who are unbeaten in a franchise-record
11 straight games (9-0-2). They are 15-7-4-2 at the Corel Centre
for the fifth-best home record in the NHL.
Ottawa has just two losses in its last 19 games (13-2-4) after
posting a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.