Game 43: Habs @ Rangers
Seems like it's been forever since the Montreal Canadiens played the New York Rangers, but here we are tonight. Word on the street is there is a giant snow storm set to erupt in the city, which may delay the Habs from leaving after the game. Guess we'll have to test out our Canadian will and see if we can make it out alive!
The Rangers (25-15-3) have been on a tear recently, winning 8 of their last 12. The Habs have been struggling, but have started to build some momentum over the past two games with back to back come from behind victories coming after the final buzzer. Will the Habs have what it takes to stop a streaking Rangers squad? Will J-Wiz have words for Sean Avery? Guess we'll have to wait and see.
Yesterday the Rangers said goodbye to veteran defenseman Michal Rozsival and hello to winger Wojtek Wolski. Wolski is a under-achieving underrated winger that can do nothing but add strength to the Rangers offense. When I heard of this trade last night, I took a quick glance at the details and it really seems the Rangers knew what they were doing. Not only did they acquire a much younger player, but they also free'd up some cap space with this deal. Rangers have themselves in a great position to add a player at trade deadline. So expect them to be in the races for you know who. Should be an interesting TD this season.
Henrik Lundqvist has been confirmed for tonight's game, while the Habs haven't released any info on who will be between the pipes for them. Should Carey sit tonight? I'm not sure. He's building momentum which he lacked a bit in December, and to sit him for tonight's game would be foolish if you ask me. It's an important two points tonight, as the Bruins won their game yesterday against the Pens and shot themselves back into first in the division and 3rd overall in the east.
Hot players on the Habs?..Hardly. Seems we can't get anything going offensively. Our best player has been Carey Price. I suppose you can say J-Wiz is doing well, but I'll never give that guy credit for much. Over on New York, Brandon Dubinsky has been playing some good hockey lately. He's got two goals and 7 assists over the past 7 home games.
Injury riddled Habs are without Markov, Gorges, and Mike Cammalleri. I feel like I'm leaving someone out, so if I did, please remind me. As for the Ranger's they should be without Frolov, Callahan, Boogaard, Christensen, and Prospal.
Game starts at 7:00pm and is being aired on RDS and TSN.