The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens will square off tonight in what will the second of four regular season meetings this year.
The Rangers took game one of the season series hanging on to what was once a 3-0 lead to win the game 5-3 after a Ryan Callahan empty netter. The game was a penalty filled one though with a total of 46 penalty minutes between the two teams. In one sequence there was a total of 28 penalty minutes handed out with Michael Sauer and Petteri Nokelainen getting game misconducts for fighting. The Rangers managed to take advantage of the 5 on 3 they were given for that huge sequence of penalties and jumped out to a 1-0 lead and by the time the period was over they had a 3-0 lead. The Canadiens were able to get within one goal twice, but were unable to tie the game at any point.
Read more to see how the Rangers can win this game.
No Defensive Breakdowns: The Canadiens are a finesse team and are one of the fastest teams in the league. They make a living off of odd man rushes and by not giving them odd man rushes the Rangers would greatly limit Montreal’s opportunities.
Keep Up The Great Forecheck: The Rangers in this winning streak are forechecking great and that is something that needs to continue. Artem Anisimov has been doing the real dirty work in the corners leading to great scoring chances for the GAS Line. Brandon Dubinsky has also been doing similar things for his line.
Get The First Goal: You really want to get the first goal in any game you play but you really want to get the first goal when your on the road. If the Canadiens manage to score first in this game, it could set them into a groove that will ultimately provide the tone for the entire game. Also not to mention the Rangers are coming off a pretty long layoff between games and them getting the first goal is huge just for their mindset.
Don’t Get Trapped: This has been something that has plagued the Rangers a bit this year and that’s getting trapped in the defensive zone for what feels like an eternity. Steve Eminger and Jeff Woywitka are usually the two culprit defenseman that get us trapped because of their inability to clear the puck out. These occurrences are not only horrifying to watch but are also terrible for our team because it leads to way to many scoring chances for the opposing team. Rangers need this to stop happening because the good teams will almost always cash in on these chances.
UPDATE: Martin Biron gets the start tonight for the Rangers.
Projected Lines For The Rangers:
SCRATCHES: Staal (Concussion), Wolski (Groin), Rupp (Knee),
I fully expect the Canadiens to be out for blood after losing to the Bluehshirts once already but I expect a good hockey game tonight. Let’s Go Rangers!
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