Hoffman in the spotlight for the Senators

Mike Hoffman will receive his chance to shine Thursday, earning the high-profile spot as a left-winger for Kyle Turris and Daniel Alfredsson, as the Ottawa Senators take on the New York Rangers Thursday at Scotiabank Place.

Mike Hoffman will play alongside Kyle Turris and Daniel Alfredsson on Thursday night against the Rangers. Photo by Wayne Cuddington, The Ottawa Citizen.

Mike Hoffman will receive his chance to shine Thursday, earning the high-profile spot as a left-winger for Kyle Turris and Daniel Alfredsson, as the Ottawa Senators take on the New York Rangers Thursday at Scotiabank Place.

The Senators are hoping that Hoffman, who has only played in one previous game, will bring speed and offence to the Senators lineup. Hoffman has scored 13 goals and 15 assists in 28 games with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League.

Ben Bishop, fresh from stealing a 3-2 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils Monday, will get the start in goal for the Senators. Jim O’Brien and Andre Benoit will return to the lineup, with Peter Regin and Mike Lundin sitting out.

While the Senators (18-9-6) are looking to improve on their relatively comfortable position as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Rangers (16-13-3) own the eighth and final playoff spot, two points up on the New York Islanders.

A Rangers win would pull them into a tie with the seventh-placed New Jersey Devils.

The Senators have an impressive 12-2-3 home ice record. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks lead the NHL with 13 home ice wins.

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