Game 12 Preview: Canadiens vs. Rangers

Opponent: Les Habitants (5-5-2)

Leading Scorer: Max Pacioretty (4-5-9)

Goaltender: Carey Price (2.45 GAA, .908 SV%)

Rangers Projected Lines: (Unconfirmed)

Ruslan Fedotenko-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Sean Avery-Erik Christensen-Andre Deveaux

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Mike Sauer
Jeff Wywitka-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist

Martin Biron

Scratches/Injuries: Marc Staal (concussion symptoms), Mike Rupp (knee), Wojtek Wolski (groin), Anton Stralman

Scouting Report:  The contract extension given to Pekka Rinne (Nashville), which will pay him $49M for the next 7 years, has instantly turned the spotlight on Price & Management up in Montreal. The last few days the Montreal media has been vigorously debating Price’s potential worth, since he is the last elite goaltender to be on RFA pay. Hopefully the debate gets to Price starting tonight!

The Habs have yet to really get going, but when they are on they are beating teams by capitalizing on turnovers in the neutral zone and on special teams, as all good trapping teams do.

If the Rangers are going to defeat the Canadiens, they will need to be patient and not force long passes through these neutral zone schemes. They are also going to have to be careful with their sticks. I’ve said it before, I am not a conspiracy theorist. However, history has proven time and time again, when the Canadiens come to town, 5-on-5 play lasts about as long as a Kim Kardashian marriage.

It would also be nice if Avery plays like the 2007 version of Avery and not the 2011 version of Avery. I’m not sure what to expect of Sean in his quasi-third stint with the Rangers, but if he beats up PK Subban tonight, all debts are paid.

Crazy Thought: Avery gets a Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

Opponent’s Blog: Habs Blog, don’t worry it’s not in French

Today’s game is on at 7:00pm on MSG, AM1050, and XM92…I think.

3 Responses to “Game 12 Preview: Canadiens vs. Rangers”

  1. wwpd says:

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist either but it seems like the rangers play especially poorly against montreal. I’d be surprised to hear that they earn more than 2 or 3 points a year out of four games against the canadiens for the past few years.

    The only conclusion I can draw is that the refs have been drugging the rangers gatorade before each game

    • Dave says:

      The Rangers generally don’t match up well against the Habs, but that was when they were a more aggressive team, playing a 2-1-2 forecheck. They don’t do that now.

  2. Matthew says:

    Well Suit, you were right about that whole “5v5 not lasting long” thing