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New York Rangers vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – April 11, 2014 – 7:15pm


Game Notes

…..In order to secure home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs the Canadiens must get at least a point against the Rangers and depend on the Capitals to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday in Washington.

….The Canadiens have lost the momentum that carried them to a playoff berth. They are 2-2-1 in their last five games. One of those losses is against Tampa Bay.

….Winless in their last two games the Canadiens have scored two goals after scoring 12 in their previous two.

…Along with Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and Martin St. Louis will not be in the Rangers lineup.  Both being rested for the playoffs.  Dan Carcillo and Justin Falk will replace them.  It will be Falk’s first game since December 29th.  McDonagh has a shoulder injury.

….The Manhattan media is calling the Bell Centre the “House of Horrors”. The Canadiens are 10-1-1 vs. the Rangers in the last 12 games in Montreal and they have shutout out the Rangers five of the last eight here. Over those eight games the Rangers have scored four goals.

….The Rangers are 9-2-1 over their last 12 games.

…The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 22 of their last 35 road games.  In the 35 games they’ve allowed 74 goals for a 2.11 goals against average.  Overall the Rangers rank fourth in the league in goals against per game.

….In the Rangers last game at the Bell Centre Cam Talbot shut the Canadiens out 1-0, stopping all 22 shots.

.Carey Price is 6-1-1 with a 1.33 goals against average and four shutouts in nine career home games against the Rangers.

….With their win against Buffalo on Thursday the Rangers have already guaranteed home ice in the Metropolitan division. They will play Philadelphia in the opening round.  The Flyers guaranteed themselves of third place in the Metro division with their overtime win over Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon.

….Cam Talbot will start in goal for the Rangers. Talbot shut out the Canadiens 1-0 at the Bell Centre on November 16th, his first NHL shutout. Henrik Lundqvist had started 14 of the previous 15 games.

….Rick Nash is tied for second in the NHL in game-winning-goals with nine.  (Max Pacioretty leads with 11).  Nash leads the Rangers with 26 goals.

….The Canadiens power play is in a 0-for-20 slump over the last seven games.

….The Rangers have been a better team on the road (25 wins) than at home (22 wins).  Their 25 road wins is a franchise record and leads the league.  They are 6-1-1 in their last eight games on the road.

….Ryan McDonagh will miss his fifth consecutive game with a shoulder injury.  He has been declared healthy and will play in the opening game of the playoffs.

….More salt for Canadiens wounds. Friday, McDonagh was named the Rangers MVP and received the Player’s Player Award from his teammates. He is the first Ranger to earn both in the same season since Brian Leetch in 2002-2003.  He is expected to be named team captain of the Rangers next season.

….Another former Canadien  n, Benoit Pouliot has 15 goals and 21 assists for a career high 36 points. He’s two goals shy of his career high 17 goals.  He is currently riding a seven game point streak 7-game point streak (3G, 4A) and has nine points over his last nine games.

…..Martin St. Louis has one goal and seven assists in 19 games with the Rangers.  Four his assists have come in his last two games.

…..In their last 19 games the rangers have killed off 45 of 48 penalties and have scored seven shorthanded goals.

…..Henrik Lundqvist is the fist goaltender in NHL history to reach 30 wins in eight of his first nine NHL seasons.  He is now the Rangers all-time leader in career wins and career shutouts.

Without St. Louis/Girardi -Rangers New Line Combinations

62-Carl Hagelin 21-Derek Stepan 61-Rick Nash

28-Dominic Moore 19-Brad Richards 12-Jesper Fast

67-Benoit Pouliot 16-Derick Brassard 36-Mats Zucarello

13-Dan Carcillo 22-Brian Boyle 15-Derek Dorsett

17-John Moore 44-Justin Falk

6-Anton Stralman 18-Marc Staal

4-Raphael Diaz 8-Kevin Klein

33-Cam Talbot


Game Statistics –

Season Records – NY Rangers – 81GP (45-31-5) Canadiens – 81GP (45-28-8)

Last Ten Games – Rangers (7-2-1) Canadiens (7-2-1)

Season Series – Third and final game. Teams have split shutout wins. @New York October 26 Canadiens-2 Rangers -0 Peter Budaj with the shutout. @Bell Centre Nov. 16 – Rangers-1 Canadiens-0 – Cam Talbot with the shutout.

Home/Road – Rangers on the Road (25-14-1) Canadiens at Home (22-13-5)

Special Teams – Power Play – Rangers ranked 14th 48/261 18.4% Canadiens ranked 19th 48/276 17.4% Penalty Killing – Rangers ranked 4th 34/229 85.2%. Canadiens ranked 5th 43/286 85.0%

Goaltending – Rangers – Cam Talbot 20GP (12-6-0) 1.67GAA .940save%. Canadiens – Carey Price – 58 GP (33-20-5) 2.36GAA .925save%.

Who’s HotRangers – Mats Zuccarello – 4 goals, 5 assists last six games.  Benoit Pouliot has a point in seven straight games. Canadiens – The Desharnais line has combined for 13 goals and 16 assists the last eight games.

From the Clinic – Rangers – D-Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) LW-Chris Kreider (hand surgery); Canadiens – LW-Alex Galchenyuk (knee); C-Lars Eller (flu); LW-Brandon Prust (ribs); Travis Moen (concussion)


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