NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, December 10th (All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (12-12-3-1) at New York Rangers (10-10-5-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two clubs hovering at the .500 mark clash tonight when the New York Rangers welcome the Montreal Canadiens to Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers, who are currently tied for ninth in the Eastern Conference standings, have lost three of their last four games, including Sunday's 3-2 decision to visiting Tampa Bay. Cory Sarich's goal with 11:37 remaining in the third period provided the difference for the Lightning.
Anson Carter and Greg de Vries tallied goals for New York, which fell to 6-4-2-2 on home ice. Defenseman Brian Leetch was kept off the scoresheet to have his point streak snapped at seven games.
Mike Dunham stopped 21 shots for the Rangers, as he made his fourth consecutive start.
The Rangers conclude a brief homestand tonight and will visit Buffalo on Friday evening. They'll then head to Toronto for a matchup with the Maple Leafs the following night.
Montreal, meanwhile, stands eighth in the East race -- one ahead of the Blueshirts. The Habs had a five-game unbeaten streak halted via Monday's 3-2 loss to John LeClair and the Philadelphia Flyers.
LeClair continued to haunt his old club as he scored with 1:13 remaining in the match to lift Philly. The Flyers notched a pair of goals with less than four minutes to go in the third period for the victory.
Pierre Dagenais and Richard Zednik lit the lamp for Montreal, which was 3-0-2 in the previous five games. Mathieu Garon turned aside 28 shots in the loss -- Montreal's sixth straight versus Philadelphia.
Montreal will receive a boost tonight, as defenseman Stephane Quintal is expected to play after serving a one-game suspension for trying to kick Carolina's Bob Boughner in the wake of a fight last week.
The Canadiens, 5-5-1-1 on the road, open a three-game trip tonight. They'll continue the swing Friday in Florida.
New York defeated Montreal, 5-1, up at Bell Centre on November 1 to snap a four-game series losing streak. The Canadiens have won two straight at MSG after dropping four-in-a-row.
12/10 10:31:49 ET