Whether you’re a diehard, a regular, or your casual New York Rangers fan, we all know the difficulties that come against beating the Habs in Montreal. In Henrik Lundqvist’s last six in Montreal; he is a mere 2-4 with a 3.45 GAA and .890 save percentage. These stats, and my past memories, lead me to say that a key for a Rangers victory is positivity. There are many things that the Rangers can look at to not only stay positive, but could use as an advantage tonight when game-time rolls around.
Cam Talbot will be getting the nod over Lundqvist in the first of a back to back for the Rangers. In what definitely seems like a good move, Cam’s first ever appearance in Montreal could provide a fresh start for the NYR that they seem to need desperately every time they go up there. Being 3-1 in his first four starts, there’s nothing to not trust about Cam. Not only has he played good when the Rangers needed him, but there’s one thing about him that I find particularly important for his start; and that’s his ability to keep cool. That is singlehandedly the most impressive thing that I’ve noticed about him in my opinion. If the Rangers find themselves behind early, look for Cam to keep himself collected and more importantly, keep the Rangers in the game.
On a brighter side, Rick Nash is traveling with the team (talk about a sigh of relief). Nash wore a contact jersey at practice and even though he skated with Michael Del Zotto at times, he rotated in with the second power-play unit too. His conditioning is not where it needs to be, which easily means he’s not game ready. But any news on Nash, even as big as him practicing with the team, is good news and it provides more positivity for this Rangers club flying to Montreal.
Coming off a draining 3-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils, the Rangers need to come out flying tonight in Montreal in order to avenge their loss in the previous matchup. I mean, it is Brad Richards’ favorite place to play on the road, so maybe he can provide a sparkplug to get the Rangers going. The Canadians’ play a very stingy game, thus meaning the Rangers need to stick to their strong points, out work the Habs, and come away with a victory.
Lets Go Rangers!
-Anthony DeCicco (@ant_decicco)