Game #45

NY Rangers vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Jan/15.2011 – 7:20pm


Season Record – NY Rangers 45 GP (26-16-5) 55pts. 3rd in Atlanta Division. 6th in Eastern Conference. Canadiens 44 GP (24-17-3) 51pts. 2nd in Northeast Division. 7th in Eastern Conference.

Recently – Rangers – Defeated Vancouver 1-0 Thursday in New York. Lundqvist stops 31 for his 6th shutout. Newcomer Wojtek Wolski scored the goal. Last ten games (5-4-1) Montreal – Lost to Pittsburgh 5-2 Wednesday at Bell Centre. Gave up four power play goals for the first time in 8 ½ years. Followed 3 wins and OT loss in previous four games. Last ten games (5-4-1)

Season Series – Second meeting of four. Jan.11/2010 Canadiens-2 Rangers-1. Spacek and Pouliot score for Montreal. Dubinsky for New York. Canadiens outshot Rangers 38-26. Canadiens have beaten the Rangers four of the last five games.

Historically – Canadiens are 7-2-1 in their last ten games against the Rangers. The Canadiens have beaten them in three straight games.  The Rangers have lost their last two at the Bell Centre including 6-0 last January 23, the last time they met in Montreal. They are 1-2-2 their last five in Montreal.

Home/Road – Rangers on the Road – (11-9-2) Canadiens at Home – (14-6-3)

Special Teams – Power Play – Rangers – Rank 22nd 16.2%. (26/160). The power play goal vs. Vancouver Thursday night was their second in 25 advantages.   Canadiens – Rank 10th 18.5% (28/151). Five PP goals last nineteen opportunities. Penalty Killing – Rangers – Rank 9th 83.9% (25/155) Canadiens – Ranked 2nd 86.0% (21/150) Gave up four Penguins power play goals Wednesday.

Record When Score First Goal – Rangers (18-6-1) Canadiens (17-4-2)

Record When Scored Upon First-Rangers (8-10-2) Canadiens (7-13-1)

When They Lead End of First Period-Rangers (10-2-1) Canadiens (11-2-1)

When They Trail at End of First Period –Rangers (4-4-1) Canadiens (2-11-0)

Goaltending – NY Rangers – Henrik Lundqvist – 34 starts (19-13-3) 2.25GAA. Save% .927. Canadiens – Carey Price 39 starts (21-15-3). 2.38GAA. Save% .919.  Price has a career 1-1-1 record with a 3.35 GAA vs. Rangers.

Who’s Hot Rangers– LW-Brandon Dubinsky – 18 pts last 19 games. G-Henrik Lundqvist is 5-1-1 in his last seven starts with a 1.41GAA.  Canadiens-James Wisniewski – 2 goals, 5 assists in seven games with Canadiens.  Michael Cammalleri has 6 goals his last three games vs. the Rangers.

Who’s Not – Rangers Marian Gaborik has one goal last five games and 11 over his last 30. Canadiens – Andrei Kostitsyn – 0 goals lasts 9 games. 1 goal, 1 assist last 19 games.

Injuries – Rangers – LW-Derek Boogard (shoulder); RW-Ryan Callahan (IR-broken hand); C-Erik Christensen (IR-ankle sprain); LW-Alexander Frolov (knee surgery); LW-Vinny Prospal (IR-Knee Surgery); D-Michal Rosival (bruised ribs). Montreal- LW-Michael Cammalleri (probable-practiced with team Friday); D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee surgery); D-Josh Gorges (IR-knee surgery)

Notes- The Rangers have scored a total of nine goals their last seven games while posting a 4-2-1 record. They scored one goal three times (Including Monday against the Canadiens), two goals three times and they were shutout once. They have allowed fourteen goals the last nine games; allowing their opponents 1 goals three times, two goals four times and three goals once. There was also the shutout win over Vancouver Thursday.

The Rangers lead the league in one-goal games with a record of 13-3-3.