Game #43

Canadiens vs. NY Rangers

Madison Sq. Garden

January 11/2011 7:00pm

Season Records – Montreal (23-16-3) 49 pts. Second in Northeast Division. Eighth in Eastern Conference. NY Rangers (25-25-3) 53 pts. Third in Atlantic Division. Fifth in East.

Recently – Canadiens came from behind to beat Boston 3-2 in overtime Saturday at the Bell Centre. Canadiens are 3-0-1 in last four. All four games have gone to overtime. Rangers beat St. Louis 2-1 Saturday; their third win in a row.

Last Ten Games – Montreal (4-5-1) Rangers (6-2-2)

Head-to-Head – First of four meetings. Last season the Canadiens won three of four games. Canadiens play the Rangers again Saturday at the Bell Centre.

Home/Road – Montreal on the Road (9-11-0) Rangers at Home (10-8-2)

Special Teams- Power Play – Canadiens have 5 goals in 15 power play opportunities the last six games.Overall ranked 11th in league 19.2% (28/146). Rangers – ranked 22nd 16.1% (25/155). Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 2nd in NHL 87.9% (22/182) Rangers – rank 10th 83.3% (25/150)

Record When They Lead After First Period-Canadiens (11-2-1) Rangers (10-1-1)

Record When They Trail After First Period-Canadiens (1-11-1) Rangers (4-4-1)

Goaltending – Montreal – Alex Auld – 4 starts (2-2-0) 1.91GAA .937 save%. Carey Price-38 starts (21-14-3) 2.31GAA .921 save%. NY Rangers – Henrik Lundqvist 32 starts (18-12-3) 2.33GAA. .923 save%.

Who’s Hot- Montreal – James Wisniewski 2 goals 4 assists in six games with Canadiens. Rangers -Brandon Dubinsky 2 goals 7 assists last eight games.

Injuries – Canadiens – D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee surgery); D-Josh Gorges (IR-pending knee surgery); Michael Cammalleri (ill); Rangers – LW-Derek Boogard (shoulder); RW-Ryan Callahan (IR-broken hand); C-Erik Christensen (IR-ankle sprain); LW-Alexander Frolov (pending knee surgery); D-Ryan McDonagh (bruised foot); LW-Vinny Prospal (IR-knee surgery); D-Michal Rosival (bruised ribs)

Note – The Rangers acquired defenseman  Michal Roszival from Phoenix on Monday for 24-year-old forward Wojtek Wolski.  The deal was designed to find a replacement for Alex Frolov , who was lost for the season with a knee injury in Saturday’s 2-1 win over St. Louis.