Game Thread

Game 72: Rangers vs. Montreal

OPPONENT: New York Islanders

2010-2011 RECORD: 27-32-11

2010-2011 LEADING SCORER: Tomas Plekanec (21-32-53)

GOALIE: Carey Price (2.32 GAA, .920 SV%)

RANGERS LINES:

Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Vinny Prospal-Erik Christensen-Marian Gaborik
Wojtek Wolski-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust

Marc Staal-Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh-Mike Sauer
Bryan McCabe-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist
Chad Johnson

Scratched tonight: Derek Boogaard (concussion symptoms), Alex Frolov (knee), Chris Drury (knee), Martin Biron (collarbone), Sean Avery (healthy), and Matt Gilroy (healthy).

STATE OF THE BLUESHIRTS: The Rangers routed the lowly Islanders earlier this week, and special teams were the cause of the rout. Our beloved Blueshirts scored not one, not twice, but thrice on the powerplay, and added a shorthanded goal as well. They did this, however, on a weak goaltending tandem. That will not be the case tonight, as the Habs and likely Vezina finalist Carey Price will be in town. The Habs don’t play well away from home, and don’t score much either. Yet they inexplicably win games, and lots of them. The Rangers need this win, and another two points. They won’t catch the Habs, but they will put more distance between themselves and ninth place.

CRAZY THOUGHT: Christensen gets a hat trick.

OPPONENT’S BLOG: Habs Eyes On The Prize

PREDICTION: Rangers 4, Canadiens 2

The game is at 7pm on MSG2 (click here for listings), and on 970AM on your radio.

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