Alexandar Georgiev will make his third consecutive start in goal for the New York Rangers, who have won two in a row and play the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
Georgiev has stopped 61 of 63 shots in back-to-back wins against the Tampa Bay Lightning (4-1) and Nashville Predators (2-1). It's the first time Henrik Lundqvist will be a healthy backup for three straight games since March 12-17, 2018, when Georgiev won three straight starts.
The Senators, coming off a 5-2 loss at the Boston Bruins on Saturday, are dealing with a significant number of injuries, including to forward Scott Sabourin, who returned to Ottawa after being released from the hospital Sunday.
Sabourin was injured when he collided with Bruins forward David Backes in the first period. He sustained a broken nose and his helmet made direct contact with the ice after he fell, rendering him unconscious.
Players to watch
Senators forward Connor Brown has points in five straight games (six points; two goals, four assists).
Rangers forward Artemi Panarin has points in four straight games (five points; one goal, four assists).
They said it
"Everyone sits in their stall and says 'I deserve a chance. I should be in the top six. I should be on the power play.' This is your time. It's unfortunate we have injuries, but if I'm a guy in the room that's telling myself, telling my agent and whoever else that I deserve this opportunity, well show us." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith
"We've got two really good goalies. Hank [Lundqvist] and I talked yesterday. He understands. He has seen what has happened. This has nothing to do with Hank. Hank is someone we know we're going to ride heavily and he's going to play a lot of hockey for us." -- Rangers coach David Quinn
Zibanejad skated in a red non-contact jersey Monday, but he'll miss his third straight game. He's day-to-day. … Anisimov skated Monday and could return to the lineup Wednesday, when the Senators play at the New York Islanders. He will miss his fifth straight game. … Ryan will play after being scratched the past two games and Boedker returns after being scratched for four straight.
Duclair will play in his 300th NHL game. He started his career with the Rangers. … Ottawa is 0-4-1 on the road.