NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, February 3rd
(All times eastern)
New York Rangers (26-22-6) at Montreal Canadiens (28-15-9), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers will try for their first three-game
winning streak of 2008 this afternoon, when they visit the Montreal Canadiens
for a battle at the Bell Centre.
The Rangers, who are completing a four-game road trip today, are coming off
consecutive division wins in Philadelphia and New Jersey. New York is fourth
in the Atlantic Division, but with 58 points is just five behind Philadelphia
for first place.
New York hasn't notched three straight victories since a three-game winning
streak from December 26-30.
The Rangers posted a 3-1 decision over the Devils on Friday night, as Chris
Drury scored twice and Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves to lead the Blueshirts
at the Prudential Center.
Brandon Dubinsky also lit the lamp for the Rangers, who have won all five
games against the Devils this season and four of their last five overall.
Drury, who signed a five-year $35-million deal with the Rangers in the
offseason, has four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in his last two contests after
posting just one assist in his previous seven outings. The Trumbull,
Connecticut native has 15 goals and 36 points on the season.
The Rangers are just 9-11-6 as the visiting club this year and, after today's
test, they will play their next two games at home.
Meanwhile, Montreal won for the fourth time in five games Saturday afternoon,
as it defeated the visiting New York Islanders. Alex Kovalev and Mark Streit
each had a goal and an assist as the Canadiens downed the Isles, 4-1.
Tomas Plekanec and Mathieu Dandenault also tallied, while Andrei Markov added
a pair of assists for Montreal. Cristobal Huet stopped 29-of-30 shots for the
The Habs have 65 points and are now just three points away from Ottawa for
first place in the Northeast Division and the top seed in the Eastern
Today's test marks the second portion of a four-game homestand for Montreal,
which is 11-8-5 as the host club this year. The Canadiens have won three
straight and five of their last seven at the Bell Centre.
New York is 2-0 against the Habs this season, but both victories came at
Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have taken three straight, five of six and
six of the last nine encounters with the Canadiens, but have lost two of three
02/03 10:31:21 ET