Game 10: Home sweet home vs. MTL

Photo: Leon Halip/ Getty Image

Photo: Leon Halip/ Getty Image

After six weeks, a trip to Banff, four preseason games in five nights, nine games on the road, four games in six nights, four games on the west coast, two blowouts, a pair of games that have left some hope, and an overtime winner, the Rangers have finally returned to Madison Square Garden. They return home a little banged up at 3-6 and missing their captain, best player, and best puck possession forward. But they are home.

The Montreal Canadiens are first up for the Rangers as they begin a stretch of games where they will play 9 of 12 at home, with 1 of the away games on Long Island. Under Michel Therrien, the Canadiens play a 1-2-2 forecheck, but do use a 2-1-2 style infrequently based on the score and puck location. In the defensive zone, the Canadiens overload the boards first, then collapse low based on puck location. It’s actually very interesting, as Therrien has said in the past that they overload because of their team size (note: small), and they use their speed to their advantage to outnumber the opponent on the wall and force turnovers.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris KreiderDerek StepanBrad Richards
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-J.T. Miller
Mats Zuccarello-Dominic Moore-Jesper Fast
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalAnton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-John Moore

The King returns tonight, and will start the home opener.

PP1: Del Zotto-Richards, Kreider-Stepan-Brassard
PP2: McDonagh-J. Moore, Pouliot-Miller-Boyle

Scratches: Carl Hagelin (shoulder), Rick Nash (concussion), Ryan Callahan (thumb), Brandon Mashinter (healthy), Justin Falk (healthy)

Game time is 7:30pm tonight. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.

22 Responses to “Game 10: Home sweet home vs. MTL”

  1. A goal would be nice. Hope they come out with some fire in te third. This ha seen a very boring game

  2. Wow. Kreider gets rocked -without the puck. Rangers get a good opportunity. Then, in typical Montreal bias fashion, Kreider gets called for a phantom call.

  3. Apologies meant to say are we playing in montreal. “Typical Montreal” as torts would say

    • I would have loved to see Torts reaction on the bench for that one. He might have pulled a happy Gilmore and try and stab a ref with someones skate

    • i know everyone going to freak out about the loss, but horrendous reffing and Budaj played out of his mind. Bunch of guys really snake bitten right now, especially stepan

  4. Refs ate Montreal crap tonight, and then Toronto gives Montreal a goal. Sorry folks, but I believe it was Suit who posted that calls usually go against us when we play these guys. Well he was right.

    It was a well played game on our part, but as a team, we all are snake bitten!!

  5. That was a solid effort by the Rangers, who played a smart game. Not only was that phantom call on Kreider unwarranted, but it took away a breakaway by Brassard which looked very much like the tying goal. Calls will sometimes not go your way in hockey, partially when your playing against the Montreal Canadiens.