Canadiens vs. NY Rangers
Madison Square Garden – Feb. 21st, 2017 – 7:05pm
Season Records – Canadiens – 59GP (31-20-8) 70 pts. First in Atlantic Division. NY Rangers – 58GP (38-19-1) 77pts. Fourth in Metropolitan Division.
Season Series – Second of three meetings – @ Bell Centre Jan. 14 – Canadiens-5 Rangers-4. Canadiens score three goals in span of 1:02 in the third period – Emelin, Pacioretty & Byron. Danault with three assists.
Last Time Out – Canadiens lost 3-1 to Winnipeg Saturday afternoon.
Last Ten Games – Canadiens (2-7-1) Rangers (7-3-0)
Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (13-12-4) Rangers at Home (19-11-1)
Lineup Changes –
….Alex Galchenyuk will move down to the second line between Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher. Phillip Danault is back centering Radulov and Pacioretty.
….Greg Pateryn replaces Nikita Nesterov on the third defense pairing. Pateryn’s third appearance in ten games since returning from injury.
….Carey Price vs. Henrik Lundqvist.
….In a minor league trade of sons of NHL fathers, the Canadiens sent St. John’s defenseman Philipp Samuelsson (son of Ulf) to Carolina in return for Keegan Lowe (son of Kevin and two-time Olympic skiing bronze medalist Karen Percy). Samelsson will play for his father at Charlotte (AHL). Lowe goes to St. John’s.
….If the playoffs were to open on this day, the Canadiens and Rangers would meet in the first round; the Canadiens as leaders in the Atlantic Division and Rangers as first among Eastern Wild Card teams.
….The last time the Canadiens played at MadisonSquare Garden was Nov,. 25 2015 – a 5-1 Montreal win. Carey Price suffered his season ending knee injury in the game. Mike Condon finished the game after Price pulled himself after the second period. Devante Smith-Pelly scored two goals including the game winner.
….Since the start of the 2008-09 season the Canadiens are 6-6-0 at Madison Square Garden.
….Since the start of the 2013-14 season the Canadiens and Rangers have played each other thirteen times. In eight of those games shutouts were recorded – For the Canadiens Price with five and Budaj one. Lundqvist and Talbot for the Rangers.
….The Canadiens have won 17 of the last 25 regular season meetings vs. the Rangers – outscoring them 62-38. The Canadiens registered shutout wins in nine of those games.
….It’s been almost ten years (2007-2008) since the Canadiens lost a season series to the Rangers.
….In their last eight games the Canadiens are 1-6-1. In the eight games the Canadiens have scored 11 goals. Five of those were scored in one game (vs. Arizona). In the seven losses they have scored 6 goals and were shut out three times (0.86 per game).
….Since the Canadiens started the season with a 16-6 record (16-4-2) the Canadiens have won 15 and lost 22 (15-16-6).
…With 3 points in 9 games in the month of February the Canadiens have by far the worst record in the Atlantic Division. Boston is second worst with 8 points in 6 games. Since the first of February both the Senators and Toronto have shaved 7 points off the Canadiens Atlantic Division lead. Toronto has ten points in 10 games this month. Ottawa has 10 points in 9 games. Buffalo has the division’s best February record with 13 points in 11 games.
….Of the eleven total Canadiens goals scored in the eight February games, Max Pacioretty has a point on nine of them (4 goals, 5 assists).
….Updated – since the start of 2013-14 Pacioretty has scored 134 goals. Only Alex Ovechkin (181) and Joe Pavelski (136) have scored more in that time frame.
….Against the Rangers Tomas Plekanec has 12 goals, 29 points in 40 career games. In 24 games against them Max Pacioretty has 8 goals, 6 assists.
….The Rangers have won seven of their last eight games and are 10-3-0 over their last thirteen games. With Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Washington they now have a 5 game home winning streak.
….In their ten games since the All-Star break the Rangers have allowed 17 even strength goals. Six of those were scored by Columbus in the first game after the break.
….Since Alain Vigneault took over as head coach of the Rangers at the beginning of the 2023-14 season the Rangers have the most wins in the Eastern Conference and are tied for second in the league.
….The Michael Grabner/Kevin Hayes/J.T. Miller line has registered 17 points (seven goals, ten assists) in the six games since Hayes returned from an injury. Members of the line have accounted for seven of the 17 goals scored by the team in the last six games.
….Kevin Hayes leads the NHL in shorthanded assists with five and shorthanded points with six.
….J.T. Miller has 24 points in his last 21 games (9goals, 15assists).
….Michael Grabner has 26 goals this season; 25 of them are at even strength which leads the league. He leads the league in goals per 60 minutes ice time – 2.00.
….Rangers defensemen have registered ten points – five goals, five assists over the last four games.
….Chris Kreider has 22 goals this season, a career high. He is the only Rangers with at least 20 goals in each of the last three seasons. Fourteen of his 22 goals were scored at Madison Square Garden.
….The Rangers selected the 6’3” 227 lb. Kreider 19th overall in the 2009 entry draft. Using the 18th selection the Canadiens took Louis Leblanc.
….Rookie defenseman Brady Skjei has a goal and nine assists in his last 13 games.
….Carey Price‘s next win will tie him with Ken Dryden for third on the all-time Canadiens list at 258. Dryden recorded 258 wins in 397 career games. This will be Price’s 492nd game. Only Jacques Plante (314) and Patrick Roy (289) have more in a Canadiens uniform. .
….In 44 games this season Price is 24-15-5 with a 2.45GAA and .918 save%.
….In Price‘s last 15 appearances Price is 4-10-1.
….Over his last seven road games Price is 1-6-0 with a 3.57GAA and .871 save%. His lone win was 5-4 in overtime at Arizona. His last road win was January 7th at Toronto.
….In 20 career appearances vs. the Rangers Price is 13-5-1 including 12 wins his last 16 starts.
….Price is 3-3-0 his last six appearances at Madison Square Garden.
….Henrik Lundqvist in 44 games is 27-14-1 with a 2.65GAA and .912 save%.
….Like Price, Lundqvist is showing signs of coming out of a long slump. Between December first and mid January he had a record of 7-6-0 with a 3.53GAA and .885 save percentage. In his last 12 appearances he is 9-2-0 with a 2.01 average and .937save%.
….Lundqvist is the only goaltender in NHL history to earn at least 20 wins in each of his first 12 seasons. He is one of three to earn 30 or more wins in at least ten seasons (also Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy).
….Lundqvist‘s next victory will tie him with Grant Fuhr for 10th on the all-time list with 403.
….The Canadiens power play has produced one PPG in the last 24 advantages (3.7%) and has fallen from 2nd to 10th in league rankings.
….Over the last 13 games the Ranger power play is 3 for 35 (8.3%).
….The Rangers are tied for the lead in shorthanded goals with eight.
….The Canadiens have given up six shorthanded goals including three in the last four games.
….The Canadiens have allowed eight power play goals in their last ten games.
….On the season Canadiens special teams are minus-5. Rangers special teams are plus-6.
Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov
41-Paul Byron -27-Alex Galchenyuk 11-Brendan Gallagher
62-Arturri Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 65-Andrew Shaw
32-Brian Flynn 17-Torrey Mitchell 34-Mike McCarron
74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber
26-Jeff Petry 79-Andrei Markov
28-Nathan Beaulieu 89-Nikita Nesterov
Injuries – none.
Scratches – C David Desharnais; D Greg Pateryn; LW Sven Andrighetto
NY Rangers Line Combinations & Pairings
26-Jimmy Vesey 21-Derek Stepan 61-Rick Nash
20-Chris Kreider 93-Mika Zibanejad 36-Mats Zuccarello
40-Michael Grabner 13-Kevin Hayes 10-J.T. Miller
89-Pavel Buchnevich 24-Oscar Lindberg 19-Jesper Fast
27-Ryan McDonagh 5-Dan Girardi
18-Mark Staal 22-Nick Holden
76-Brady Skjei 8-Kevin Klein
Injuries – None
Scratches – D Adam Clendening; LW Matt Puempel; C Brandon Pirri.