Ottawa is awash in red, black and white as Senators fans hope for a bounce-back performance in Game 2 of their playoff series.

The Senators lost 4-2 to the New York Rangers in the series opener Thursday, but supporters said they're not discouraged.

"I think they've got a good chance, they've matched up well with New York this season," said one fan.

"As the coach said, in just about four minutes they kind of gave it away," said another. "I'm hoping they'll come back for a full 60 (minutes) and we'll come back with two points."

Ottawa hockey icon Brian Kilrea said he's also hopeful for a split at Madison Square Garden.

"I'm hoping to see them bounce back," he said at a luncheon in his honour. "There are some players I know and like, I just hope Jason Spezza has a big game because when he goes, the Senators go."

Senators head coach Paul MacLean put Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Milan Michalek together on the top line during the morning skate in what may be an attempt to generate more offence.

Colin Greening was moved down from the first line to the third.

Pubs expecting more packed crowds to watch

This is the first playoff run since 2010 for the Sens Mile on Elgin Street, with restaurant owners saying they expect another full house.

"It's going to be loud, a lot of fun, we're just getting our TV set up outside and I'd say by five o'clock we'll be at capacity," said Peter Abraham of Sir John A's Pub. "Everyone gets on board, and even if you're not a fan you'll be a fan tonight."

Business owners said they're digging deep in order to decorate their shops.

"I raided all my stuff at home, even drove out to Orleans to the Sens store to get a few more things, and just set it up.," said Owen Stanton Kennedy of The Wine Rack.

"I've had a lot of people stopping by and looking at it, I'm looking forward to them actually getting the Cup this year."

The Senators will return to the capital after Saturday night's game and host Game 3 Monday night.

"When you come onto the rink and you hear that thundering ovation, that gives you those goose bumps and you always play a little bit better at home," Kilrea said.

With a report from CTV Ottawa's Claudia Cautillo