Canadiens vs. New York Rangers
Madison Square Garden – Feb. 19/2013 – 7:05pm
….Rick Nash is out of the Rangers lineup with an undisclosed injury.
….The Canadiens have won four in a row and have won ten of their first fifteen.
….With 10 wins in its first 15 games, Montreal now sits atop the Northeast Division with 21 points – one point ahead of Boston and Toronto.
….The Rangers have won four of their last five games. After losing the season’s first two games, they have registered at least a point in nine of their last 12 (8-3-1).
….The Canadiens have beaten the Rangers seven of their last ten meetings. The three losses have all been at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have won four straight at home against the Canadiens
….At home the Ranger have won three in a row and are 6-2-1 at MSG.
….The Rangers have beaten the Canadiens four straight time at home..
….The Rangers have the worst power play record in the NHL at 11.3%.
… Rangers forward Derek Stepan has five assists in his last four games against the Rangers.
….Carey Price is 1-3-0 with a 3.95GAA in his last four starts against the Rangers.
….Henrik Lundqvist is 3-5-0 with a 2.99 GAA in his last eight starts against Montreal. In his 25 games against the Habs he is 13-9-2 In his last four starts overall he is 4-0 with a 1.47GAA.
….New York ranks third in the NHL in hits (422) this season, led by captain Ryan Callahan, who ranks ninth in the league with 49 hits.
….When leading at the end of the first period the Canadiens are 7-0-0 this season.
Season Record – Canadiens (10-4-1) 2nd in Eastern Conference/1st in Northeast Division. NY Rangers (8-5-1) 8th in Eastern Conference/3rd in Atlantic Division.
Last 10 Games – Montreal 6-3-1 New York 7-2-1.
Season Series: First of three meetings.
Last Time Out – Canadiens shut out Carolina 3-0 Monday. Rangers edged Washington 2-1 Sunday.
Last Season – Teams split four games – Nov 3 @ Madison Square Garden Rangers-5 Canadiens-3. Rangers ran up a 3-0 first period lead started by a goal with the Canadiens two men short following an officiating snafu started when Michael Blunden jumped onto the ice too soon and hit Brandon Dubinsky. There were a two fights and a pair of ejections. Nov.19 @ Bell Centre -Canadiens-4 Rangers-0. Behind Carey Price’s second consecutive shutout performance the Canadiens beat the New York Rangers 4-0 ending New York’s seven game winning streak. Price stopped 17 shots in the game . Brian Gionta scored twice for the Canadiens. Tomas Plekanec and Erik Cole each had a goal and assist. The three stars were Gionta, Cole and Price. Jan. 15 @ Bell Centre Canadiens-4 Rangers-1. The Canadiens scored four goals on their first fifteen shots. The dominant force in the game was the Desharnais/Cole/Pacioretty line which accounted for three of the four goals and a total of nine scoring points. Pacioretty scored twice and Desharnais once. The other Canadiens goal was scored by Michael Blunden.. Mar. 30 @MSG – Rangers-4 Canadiens-1. Michael DelZotto with two plus Gaborik and Richards. Richards also had two assists. Bourque for the Canadiens. The Rangers 50th win of the season. Sixth loss in the last seven games for Montreal.
Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (3-1-1) Rangers at Home (7-3-0)
Special Teams –Power Play– Canadiens ranked 14th 14/77 18.2% Rangers –ranked 30th 6/53 11.3%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 11th 12/72 83.3%. Rangers ranked 9th 9/57 84.2%
Goaltending – Canadiens- Carey Price 11 starts (8-3-0) 2.06GAA.922save%. Rangers – Henrik Lundqvist – 12 starts (7-5-0) 2.35GAA .917save%
The Rangers Projected Lineup
Marian Gaborik – Brad Richards – Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin – Derek Stepan – Rick Nash
Taylor Pyatt – Brian Boyle – JT Miller
Arron Asham – Jeff Halpern – Chris Kreider
Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi
Marc Staal – Anton Stralman
Matt Gilroy – Michael Del Zotto