After a grueling nine-game road trip to start the 2013-14 season, tonight marks the New York Rangers first bout at Madison Square Garden this season. Their opponent will be the Montreal Canadiens, a team that has given them trouble in the past as they won all three match-ups against the Rangers in 2012-13.
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will be back in net for the Blueshirts after missing two games due to an “undisclosed injury.” The Rangers will still be without Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan, two heavy losses that they will have to overcome against a tough Canadiens team.
Morning Skate Notes
- Alain Vigneault provided a small update on Nash, saying that there is “nothing new” which means he is still suffering from his concussion.
- Carl Hagelin comes off of IR tomorrow, Vigneault isn’t sure whether he will play against the Isles, “Ask me tomorrow.” AV stated.
- AV also said he is looking forward to having home advantage in lineups with last change. Likes to have scoring potential on draws in offensive zone.
The Rangers line-up is expected to remain the same as Saturday night’s in Detroit. Justin Falk remains a healthy scratch.
Fun Facts (Courtesy of NHL Media)
- All-Time: 191-323-94-3 overall (127-123-54-1 at home; 64-200-40-2 on the road)
- 2013-14: Tonight is the first of three meetings this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden.
- Last Season: New York was 0-3-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-2-0 on the road). The Rangers out-shot the Canadiens, 76-62, in the series, including a 28-16 advantage in the first period. Anton Stralman notched the Rangers’ lone goal in the series, while Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan each tallied an assist. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 15 of 17 shots in his only appearance.
- Only two of the Rangers and Canadiens last eight meetings have been decided by fewer than three goals –a 5-3 win for the Blueshirts on Nov. 5, 2011 at MSG, and a 3-1 loss on Feb. 19, 2013 at MSG.
- New York is 0-0-0 at home; Montreal is 3-1-0 on the road
- New York is 1-0-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Montreal is 2-0-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
- New York lists two former Canadiens on their roster: Dominic Moore (2009-10); Benoit Pouliot (2009-10 – 2010-11)
- Montreal lists one former Ranger on their roster: Brandon Prust (2009-10 – 2011-12)
- Rangers’ defenseman Ryan McDonagh was originally selected by the Canadiens as a first round choice, 12th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.