NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 19th
(All times Eastern)
New York Rangers (10-3-3) at Montreal Canadiens (8-8-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers haven't won eight in a row since the
1974-75 season, but their last four trips to Montreal have yet to yield a win.
The Blueshirts hope to extend one streak and end another this evening as they
visit the Canadiens and the Bell Centre.
New York has won all six of its games this month as it continues to put its
3-3-3 start in the rearview. A victory tonight by the Rangers would give them
their first eight-game win streak since Dec. 27, 1974-Jan. 11, 1975.
It would also be New York's first win in Montreal since March 17, 2009. The
Rangers, who are 1-4-2 in its last seven trips to the Bell Centre, did record
a 5-3 home win over the Canadiens on Nov. 5, their second win over the club
since getting outscored 16-5 over a five-game series losing streak. The
Blueshirts have scored 11 goals in the two wins.
New York's victory over Montreal was the third on its current win streak that
was extended on Tuesday with a 4-2 victory over the Islanders. Brad Richards
scored the game-winner with under five minutes to play in the third and Ryan
Callahan ended with a goal and an assist.
"We've been in situations these past seven games where we could have given the
initiative back to them, but we've been taking care of things," said Richards.
Sean Avery and Steve Eminger also scored for the Rangers, while Henrik
Lundqvist stopped 31 shots in the opener of a four-game road trip.
Montreal was on a solid run of its own, going 3-0-1 in four games before a 4-3
defeat at the Islanders on Thursday. Max Pacioretty's fifth goal in seven
games wasn't enough for the Habs, who got 29 saves from backup goaltender
Starter Carey Price was given the game off with Montreal playing on a second
Brian Gionta and Erik Cole also scored in the loss, while Tomas Plekanec had a
pair of assists to give him nine helpers in the past seven games.
"The first 30 minutes especially, we gave them too many scoring chances and
they've got people who are going to capitalize," Montreal head coach Jacques
Defenseman Hal Gill missed his third game in a row with an unknown virus that
required a hospital stay. He was released on Friday but is not expected to
play in this game.
11/19 10:46:40 ET