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MHT Post-Game: Habs vs. Rangers – Jan. 29th, 2015

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In a game that show minimal action in the first 40 minutes, Max Pacioretty scored on a stoppable shot with 4:17 left in the third period and Carey Price got his third shutout of the season, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers at MSG. Join Corey Collard, Sportsnet’s Kelly Greig, Steve Farnham, Sean Lloyd and Coach K as they break it all down.

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MHT Pre-Game: Habs vs. Rangers – Jan. 29th, 2015

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Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard, Sportsnet’s Kelly Greig and Coach K as they preview tonight’s battle between bitter rivals the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Paul Cuthbert of Hockey This Week Radio join us from “Behind Enemy Lines”, brought to you by Cirqles.ca.

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Match Up

The Canadiens (30-13-3) are in New York to face the Rangers (27-14-4) Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. The game starts at 7:00 and airs on RDS and Sportsnet East.

This is the third and final meeting between the Habs and Rangers this year. The Original Six rivals have split their two prior matches, with each team winning on home ice. Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist the last time these teams met and Henrik Lundqvist posted 21 saves en route to a 5-0 shut out.

What to Watch

The Canadiens seem to have found their way with the man advantage after struggling for most of the season. The Habs have power play goals in four of their last five games, going 8-for-23 over that span. And if the power play is working, you can bet that so is Andrei Markov. The General leads the Canadiens with 15 power play points on the season. Markov has seven assists in his last five games.

After facing Tyler Seguin and the Stars on Tuesday, the Canadiens will need to deal with another elite scorer in Rick Nash when they play the Rangers on Thursday. Nash is second in the league in goals with 28 on the year, he’s on pace to handily beat his career high of 41 goals.

What’s at Stake

While the Habs still lead the Atlantic division in terms of points percentage, they’re also still trailing the Lightning and Red Wings in actual points. The Wings have won six straight games to lay claim to top spot in the division, but they lead the Habs by just two points in the standings, with the Canadiens holding two games in hand.

Who’s Out

P.A. Parenteau (concussion) is still out for the Canadiens and they’ve called up AHL standout Gabriel Dumont to fill in as a 13th forward. Dumont has played 15 career games with the Habs, but hasn’t played with the big club yet this season.

The Rangers may be without Mats Zuccarello on Thursday, he missed Wednesday’s practice due to illness.

What Else

The Carey Price for Hart talk is heating up at the midway point, and for good reason. No less than four articles came out this week suggesting Price as a serious Hart candidate, from The Globe and Mail, The Hockey News, Puck Daddy, and Habs Eyes on the Prize. While Price is not quite a runaway Vezina lock at this point, there’s no doubt he’ll be a nominee if his recent play continues.

Price heads into Thursday’s action with a 25-10-2 record, a .929 save percentage and a 2.15 GAA, some of the best numbers he’s posted in his career.

The Question Mark

The Canadiens have just traded for the best possible player on the market to meet their needs, who did they get?

Tonight’s Show

Join host Steven Hindle along with Kosta Papoulias and Rob Elbaz for the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show as we go live at 6:00 to preview the Canadiens and the Rangers.

MHT Post-Game: Habs vs. Rangers – Nov. 23rd, 2014

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The Montreal Canadiens played an uninspired game in front of the moms and sisters, as they dropped the last game in their stretch of 8 over 13 days to the New York Rangers 5-0 at MSG. Join Corey Collard, Graeme MacDonald, Steve Farnham and Coach K as they try to make sense of this lifeless effort.

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MHT Pre-Game: Habs vs. Rangers – Nov. 23rd, 2014

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Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Steve Farnham and Coach K as they preview the last game of eight games in 13 nights for the Montreal Canadiens, as they take on the New York Rangers at MSG.

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Match Up

The league leading Montreal Canadiens (16-5-1) are in New York to face the Rangers (8-7-4) Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. The game is set to start at 7:00 and can be seen on RDS and City.

This is the second of three meetings between the Habs and Rangers this season, the two teams that faced off in the Eastern Conference Finals last season. Montreal already picked up a 3-1 victory on home ice earlier in the season on goals by Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller, and Max Pacioretty.

What to Watch

Carey Price may have earned his second shutout of the season and league best 13th win Saturday against the Bruins, but Dustin Tokarski is expected to get the start Sunday in New York, his fifth of the season.

Like the Habs, the Rangers are also coming off a shutout performance by their goalie, and like the Habs, that goalie, Cam Talbot in this case, isn’t expected to start on Sunday. Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start on Sunday. In 28 career regular season starts against the Habs, Lundqvist is 13-12-2 with a .897 save percentage and a 2.86 GAA.

What’s at Stake

The Canadiens are hot and there’s no sense slowing down now. With just one loss in their last nine games, the Habs have surged to the top of the standings and are building a healthy cushion on their competition. The Rangers have been struggling in November as well, posting a 3-3-4 record this month and a 2-3-2 record in their last seven.

Who’s Out

The Habs are missing Michael Bournival (shoulder) but are otherwise healthy going into Sunday’s game.

The Rangers are without their captain and former Habs prospect Ryan McDonagh (shoulder). They could also be without Lee Stempniak (back) who is listed as day to day.

What Else

Andrei Markov scored career goal number 100 Saturday night against the Bruins, becoming just the fourth Canadien and 86th NHL defenseman to hit that milestone. Markov is one of just three Russian-born defenseman to hit the mark, new teammate Sergei Gonchar is another, with 219 career goals to his credit.

The Question Mark

Given his wealth of options, how would you like to see Michel Therrien set his top six (or seven) defensemen?

Tonight’s Show

Join host Steven Hindle along with Kosta Papoulias and Rob Elbaz for the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show as we go live at 6:00 to preview the Canadiens and the Rangers.

MHT Post-Game: Rangers vs. Habs – Oct. 25th, 2014

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On a night where Carey Price was almost unbeatable, and both Dale Weise and Max Pacioretty brought their “A” game, the Montreal Canadiens ended their 4 game home stand by beating the New York Rangers 3-1 at the Bell Centre. Join Corey Collard, along with Bradley Karp, Graeme McDonald and Coach K as they go over the night’s action, and discuss whether the Habs are really “this” team.

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Match Up

The Canadiens (6-1-0) play host to the Rangers (4-3-0) Saturday night at the Bell Centre in an Eastern Conference Final rematch. The game starts at 7:00 with a special ceremony in honor of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent that will be shown on CBC, Sportsnet ONE, City, and TVA Sports, as well as the NHL Network for U.S viewers.

This is the first of three meetings between the Habs and Blueshirts, and the only one in Montreal. Last year the teams met three times in the regular season with each game ending as a shutout. Cam Talbot, Carey Price and Peter Budaj all posted shutout wins during the series, while Henrik Lundqvist was the only goalie to give up more than a single goal in one of these games, allowing a pair in a 2-0 loss.

These teams me again in the Eastern Conference Final with the Rangers eliminating the Habs in 6 games. Carey Price was forced out of the series after just two periods when Chris Kreider collided with the Habs netminder.

What to Watch

While slow starts continue to be an issue plaguing the Canadiens, the questions about Carey Price’s slow start have subsided. Price has 3 straight wins since being pulled in Tampa, and has made 59 saves on 62 shots in his last two starts. Don’t look now but Alexei Emelin has quietly put up 5 assists in 5 games this season. Emelin logged a season high 24:58 Tuesday night against the Wings.

19-year old Montreal native Anthony Duclair will be dressed for Saturday’s game, the rookie has 3 assists in 5 games and is still looking for his first NHL goal. The Habs will need to keep a close watch on Rick Nash whenever he’s on the ice, Nash has 8 goals in 7 games this year.

What’s at Stake

The Habs have already faced the two teams they eliminated in last year’s playoffs, now they get to try for a bit of revenge of their own. With a win on Saturday, the team will match a franchise record for most wins in their first 8 games, although the 1961-62 Canadiens earned 15 of their first 16 points. A win would also help the Habs keep pace with the league leading Anaheim Ducks who sit 2 points ahead of Montreal after their win on Friday.

Who’s Out

Nathan Beaulieu has been sent back down to Hamilton along with Michael Bournival to get at least some game action and both are expecting to be called back up after the weekend. Other than that the Habs are healthy as they look to close out their first homestand of the season.

The Rangers are missing two big pieces in Dan Boyle (hand) and Derek Stepan (leg). Since joining the Rangers in the off-season, Boyle has played in just one regular season game seeing 14 minutes of action before breaking his hand while blocking a shot.

What Else

The Canadiens, Maple Leafs and Senators will hold a special, coordinated tribute in their home buildings for slain Canadian soldiers Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. The event is being described as a show of solidarity and a way to show appreciation for the men and women whose selfless actions stopped the attackers and aided the victims. Senators owner, Eugene Melnyk, had this to say on the even in his statement posted on the Ottawa Senators’ website:

As we continue to reflect on the tragic circumstances surrounding the deaths of two our country’s soldiers on Canadian soil, we do so with heavy hearts. But what doesn’t break us, makes us stronger. Today our country stands more united than ever and so does the entire NHL family. We are very pleased to join forces with the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs in coordinating a unique and special tribute prior our game on Saturday in honour and recognition of these two brave soldiers, their families and all members of our Canadian military.

The Question Mark

After having several month to look back, how do you feel about Chris Kreider and his collision with Price last Spring?

Tonight’s Show

Join host Steven Hindle along with Kosta Papoulias and Rob Elbaz for the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show as we go live at 6:00 tonight to preview the Canadiens and the Rangers. Sean Cuthbert from Hockey this Week will join us to break down the Rangers in the second segment.

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MHT Playoff Post-Game: Rangers vs. Habs – May 27th, 2014

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The Montreal Canadiens, despite blowing a 3 goal second period lead, rallied back on the strength of a Rene Bourque hat trick to stave off elimination and force a Game 6 versus the New York Rangers. Join Corey Collard and Nick Murdocco, along with Andrew Berkshire and Coach K, as they break down the night’s action, in the Habs most complete effort in the series thus far.

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