MONTREAL, CANADA - NOVEMBER 19: Raphael Diaz #61 of the Montreal Canadiens and Marian Gaborik #10 of the New York Rangers battle for the puck during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on November 19, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers 4-0. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The Blueshirts are second in the league in goals against, and are fifth in five-on-five for/against. They are sixth in the penalty kill department, just four spots back of the Canadiens. Playing with the man advantage, they aren't overly spectacular, but compared to tonight's home team that's not likey a concern to them.
If the Canadiens have any hope of a win tonight, they better come out fast. New York is a league best 20-1-1 when getting the first goal, and are 7-1-1 when leading after 20 minutes. Any chance for a rally, if down after two periods is very unlikely as the visitors are 17-0-2 when ahead after 40.
The Canadiens? Well we're all aware of the situation in Montreal. With 40 points in 38 games, the Habs will need to seriously rack up the points for any chance of a playoff run. Three point games are unacceptable at this point.
The Canadiens won their last meeting, in a 4-0 decision.
Rene Bourque has two goals in five career games against the Rangers, and makes his Habs debut, starting on the left wing with Tomas Plekanec and presumably Mike Blunden. Olivier Bouchard gives his analysis of the newest Habs forward.
Peter Budaj gets the call in goal and is 1-1 (4.82, .813) against New York.
For those wagering on the over/under for defencement dressing tonight, the number will be six.Cunneyworth met the media this afternoon and his d-pairings will likely be a game-time decision.
Oh and Pro Hockey Life must know something. Look who's jersey in on the clearance page.
MONTREAL CANADIENS PROJECTED LINEUP
Rene Bourque -- Mike Blunden
- Scott Gomez -
NEW YORK RANGERS PROJECTED LINEUP
Henrik Lundqvist - Martin Biron
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