Game Day: New York Rangers Vs. Montreal Canadiens


New York Rangers Vs. Montreal Canadiens

Bell Centre

Montreal, Quebec

The New York Rangers come in winners of seven in a row.  Coach John Tortorella has the team driving on all cylinders and even Sean Avery is playing, yes just playing.  Is it smoke and mirrors or is the team actually good?  Well for now, let’s just say the team is working hard.  The players who are supposed to score are scoring and Henrik Lundqvist is keeping them in every game. 

The Montreal Canadiens welcome the Rangers after visiting the other New York team on Thursday.  Coming off a less than stellar effort on the Island, the team will be encouraged to know that the Rangers have not beaten them at home in their last four trips.

Carey Price will be back in nets after getting one of his few nights off against the Islanders.  The team will look very much similar to that which was on the ice on Thursday.  Josh Gorges and P.K. Subban will have lug most of the minutes on the back end.  Even with the loss, the forwards continued the fast paced, hard skating play that they have shown during the past two weeks. 

The Rangers are being lead by Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and Brad Richards.  Marian Gaborik is once again a periphery player.  Tonight they will be without regulars Michael Rupp, Wojtek Wolski and Marc Stall.  Stall is out with a concussion suffered at the hands of his brother Eric. 

The line of David Desharnias, Erik Cole and Max Pacioretty have continued to be the catalysts for the Habs.  P.K. Subban is enjoying his best couple of games of the season and is relishing all his extra ice time with the absence of Hall Gill, Jaroslav Spacek and the long term injuries to Chris Campoli and Andrei Markov.  Coach Jacques Martin reiterated that Markov will not be back until minimum the second week of December.

The Blueshirts did record a win against the Habs on November 5th  at the Madison Square Garden.   They will be looking to continue their hot streak while the Canadiens will look to get some consistency back in their game.  Due to Habs slow start, they need to string together a Rangers like streak to get back in a solid playoff spot.  They play five games in the next eight days and a win tonight will get them started on the front foot.

The game will be on CBC, RDS and broadcast on TSN990 in Montreal at 7 pm EST.

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Rob McGowan's picture

I've been really impressed with Pacioretty's play so far this season. The Habs should be able to put up a fight against the Rangers. When the Isles face the Blueshirts on Tuesday, the Islanders were the better team for the majority of the game. It's Lundqvist that you have to solve, although I think I read on Twitter that Biron will be playing tonight.

If that's the case, you guys have an even better chance of winning. It's more of a matter as to whether or not your young defense is up to the task, which is where the Isles took advantage two nights ago.

George Prax's picture

Biron usually plays lights out against the Habs lol. If anything they have an easier time solving Lundqvist. Either way, I can't predict this game, because logically, the way the Habs are playing they should have no chance beating the Rangers. But the last thing this team follows is logic, so who knows. I just want a consistent, 60 minute effort.