Fresh off of an impressive Western Conference win on Sunday, the Rangers take on the Montreal Canadians tonight at 7:30. It will surely be a physical game, as evidence of the last meeting between the two teams. Brandon Dubinsky and Sean Avery will be with Jaromir Jagr also tonight, as the lines remain mostly the same from last weekend. This provides some protection for when Jagr goes up against Mike Komiserek in the corners and around the net.
Montreal will counter Henrik Lundqvist with rookie Carey Price. If the Rangers pepper him with shots early, he should be forced to make more saves than he is able to at the big level right now, and the Rangers can jump out to an early lead. Price will be good, and with Christobal Huet and Jaroslav Halak, the Canadians can afford to trade away a good goaltender. Price just has looked inconsistent in his few appearances at the NHL level this year.
Marc Staal looks like he’ll be back on defense tonight with either Marek Malik or Jason Strudwick sitting. Colton Orr has also come down with a touch of the flu, and should he not be able to play tonight, Strudwick would jump up to the fourth line. None of that is certain right now, as the only sure thing is the Petr Prucha will miss another game after it was revealed that his shoulder was dislocated last week. With Ryan Callahan turning it up, we can afford to have Prucha take his time and get 100% healthy.
The Philadelphia Flyers sent a third-round draft pick to the L.A. Kings for Jaroslav Modry today. Good pickup by the Flyers who are riddled with injuries.
Enjoy what will most likely be a physical game. Let’s hope the Rangers can keep the ball rolling in the right direction against a team closing in on first place in the Eastern Conference.