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The season series between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators doesn’t tell us much about their upcoming playoff match Ottawa won the series two games to one, but all three games were notable for who was missing from the lineup for each. Antti Raanta started two of the games for the Rangers, while New York was missing at least three of their regular forwards every game. Matt Puempel and Brandon Pirri played in all three games. The final game of the season series, the Rangers rested seven regular players, while Henrik Lundqvist was in his second game back following an injury.
Game 1: 11/27/16 @ NYR
Ottawa won the game 2-0 while the Rangers outshot them 33-20. Antti Raanta was in net for the Rangers. Matt Puempel, Brandon Pirri and Josh Jooris were in, while Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich and Oscar Lindberg were missing from their lineup.
Game 2: 12/27/16 @ NYR
The Rangers won the second meeting of the season series 4-3. Ottawa outshot the Rangers 36-25. Mike Condon was in net for Ottawa, while Antti Raanta was in for the Rangers. Puempel, Pirri and Marek Hrivik were in for the Rangers, while Buchnevich, Zibanejad and Rick Nash were out of their lineup.
Game 3: 04/08/17 @ OTT
Ottawa won the final meeting 3-1. This was a meaningless game for the Rangers who were locked into the first Wild Card position, while the win for Ottawa clinched second place in the Atlantic Division and home ice in the first round. The Rangers were outshot 33-19. Matt Puempel, Tanner Glass, Taylor Beck, Brandon Pirri were in at forward for the Rangers, while Adam Clendening, Kevin Klein and Steven Kampfer drew in on defense. Resting were Nash, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello, Jesper Fast at forward and Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal and Nick Holden on defense.
There isn’t much you can put together from these games, given the number of key players missing for the Rangers and the meaninglessness of the final game for them. Some will no doubt try to make the match-up seem like a tough one for the Blueshirts given they lost the series and were outshot by a wide margin (89-77). The reality is that these two teams, in anything like their current forms, haven’t met before. There are also rarely any easy series beyond the first round of the playoffs.