The Rangers staved off elimination with a 3-2 victory Game 6 victory in Ottawa and now get a chance to advance in front of their home crowd at Madison Square Garden. The No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference will need a strong performance from goalie Henrik Lundqvist if the Rangers hope to advance on Thursday night.
Mentally, you just try to block everything you can't control. Just control your emotion and focus on the right things, Lundqvist told reporters. So far, home advantage hasn't really played out that well for anybody, but hopefully our crowd can be the difference and help us push our game here and get some confidence right away.
Lundqvist has done a nice job thus far in the series, but will likely face a heavy assault on goal from Senators stars such as Daniel Alfredsson and Nick Foligno. The Senators have averaged 31.83 shots on goal per game, but Lundqvist has allowed an average of only two goals per game.
The Rangers will rely on Brad Richards -- acquired for moments like this -- and captain Ryan Callahan to deliver some of the scoring punch.
The game begins at 7 p.m. EST and will be broadcasted on MSG for those in the New York/New Jersey area and NBC Sports channel for those outside of the hometown market.