Game 19: Montreal….think we can actually win there?

November 16, 2013, by
Photo: AP

Photo: AP

After a disappointing loss to the Devils, the Rangers take the ice in Montreal to take on the Canadiens. This is the first of three straight games against playoff teams, so this stretch will tell us how far along the Rangers have come since their 3-7 start. That said, the Rangers don’t win in Montreal. Period. I don’t think I can remember the last time the Rangers won there. Henrik Lundqvist doesn’t play well there either, and it’s why Cam Talbot gets the start tonight.

Under Michel Therrien, the Canadiens play a 1-2-2 forecheck, but do use a 2-1-2 style from time to time based on the score and puck location. Though this team prefers to want to play passive and clog up the neutral zone. Like the Rangers, Montreal’s defensive zone system is to overload when the puck is along the boards and collapse around the slot when the puck is behind the net.

What’s interesting is that Therrien has said in the past that they overload the boards because of their team size and speed (note: small and fast). On special teams, the Habs play your standard umbrella powerplayOn the penalty kill, they rotate between a diamond force and a box depending on puck location. They really look to pressure the opposition all over the ice when shorthanded.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris KreiderDerek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Carl HagelinBrad RichardsRyan Callahan
Derick Brassard-Brian Boyle-Benoit Pouliot
Derek Dorsett-Dominic Moore-J.T. Miller

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalAnton Stralman
Justin Falk-John Moore

Cam Talbot gets the start

PP1: Staal-Richards, Kreider-Stepan-Brassard
PP2: McDonagh-J. Moore, Pouliot-Callahan-Zuccarello

Scratches: Rick Nash (concussion), Taylor Pyatt (concussion), Brandon Mashinter (healthy), Michael Del Zotto (healthy)

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Categories : Game Thread


  1. Centerman21 says:

    Hank doesn’t play well there. That’s why for AV to start Talbot there is genius. It would be a huge boost to the team if they could come out with a decisive victory in the Bell Centre.

  2. Chris F says:

    Does anyone know why the 24/7 Rangers / Flyers series never came out on DVD?

  3. Chris F says:

    Ok, I’m one of MDZ’s biggest advocates so I was not thrilled about hearing of his benching. But, as AV noted, the hope is to inspire his play the way Zuccarello’s benching seemed to light a fire to his game.

    With that said, I am really liking the game Falk is putting together tonight. Keep it up kid!

  4. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    Monkey off the back. What a defensive performance. GREAT neutral zone play in this one.

  5. Walt says:

    Nice to see the rookie get his first shut out, especially in Montreal!! Way to go Cam.

  6. SteveM says:

    Effin sweet. Way to go boys. Loving Talbot more and more

  7. Mikeyyy says:

    The king better be careful. Kids really really good.

  8. Seahorse says:

    im getting sick of pouliot and his defensive zone turnovers. hes not a fourth liner and isnt consistent enough for top 9 min. dress the potato masher