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Match-Up:

The Canadiens (11-4-2) are set to host the Rangers (8-6-2) at the Bell Centre Saturday night. The game starts at 7:00 and airs on CBC and RDS.

This is the second of three meetings between the Habs and Rangers, and their second meeting this week. When these teams met Tuesday night, the Canadiens skated away with a 3-1 victory even though they managed only 18 shots on goal and just 3 in the first period. Ex-Ranger, Brandon Prust, set up the game winning goal when he slid a pass through Henrik Lundqvist’s crease to a waiting Alex Galchenyuk. Raphael Diaz sealed the victory with an empty netter scored from inside Montreal’s zone.

What to Watch:

The Canadiens are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders despite leading 2-0 after the first period and 3-1 midway through the second. Max Pacioretty scored twice in the contest but had an opportunity to restore Montreal’s lead late in the third period but failed to bury a golden opportunity.

PK Subban was on the ice for all three of Montreal’s goals but coach Therrien decided not to play the star defenseman during the Canadiens’ 4-on-3 power play with the game tied late in the third period. Subban played just over 21 minutes in the game, which put him behind Raphael Diaz and Josh Gorges. It will be interesting to see if Subban gets more opportunities to play in Saturday’s game.

With Rick Nash still out of the lineup, the Rangers offense has lost some of its punch. After falling 3-1 to the Habs, the Rangers lost 3-2 in a shootout to a decimated Ottawa Senators team. The Blueshirts managed just one goal in their seven shootout attempts against Ben Bishop. Ryan Callahan started New York’s third period rally, which saw the team comeback from a 2-0 deficit, he also scored the team’s only shootout goal. Still, the Rangers’ captain is having a disappointing start to the season with 4 goals and an assist in 13 games.

What’s at Stake:

The Canadiens now find themselves in a three-way tie atop the Eastern conference standings with the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils. Meanwhile the Boston Bruins are hot on the Habs’ heels as well, just 2 points back with 3 games in hand. A win on Saturday will help the Habs maintain their top spot for another day. A win  will also help them stay a step ahead of the rest of the competition in the Northeast division, the Maple Leafs and Senators are both tied with the Bruins in points.

Who’s Out:

After missing the last three games with a concussion, Brendan Gallagher could be ready to re-enter Montreal’s lineup Saturday night. That would leave the Canadiens without only Petteri Nokelainen (back).

The Rangers could potentially be missing a slew of impact players for Saturday’s match-up. Rick Nash is out with an undisclosed injury, speculations on the injury range from a concussion to a groin pull. Michael Del Zotto was injured in Thursday’s game against the Sens and could miss the game in Montreal as well. Darroll Powe (concussion) and Michael Sauer (concussion) are also out.

What Else:

As good as the Canadiens have been this season, there’s one NHL team that has been undeniably better. The Chicago Blackhawks have earned points in 17 of 17 games so far this season, entering the record books with a 2-1 over the Sharks on Friday. Habs gm, Marc Bergevin, left his assistant gm post in Chicago to take his new position.

Bergevin’s former club has gone over a third of the shortened season without registering a regulation loss, a fact that could provide the Habs with some inspiration as their spectacular bounce back season continues. The Blackhawks haven’t had quite the same success as they did in 2009-2010 when they won their first Stanley Cup in nearly 40 years, but the foundation built by the likes of Bergevin, Habs assistant gm Rick Dudley, Stan Bowman, Dave Tallon and Kevin Cheveldayoff remains strong and continues to pay dividends for Blackhawks fans.

Be sure to tune into the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show an hour before the puck drop and the Post Game Show 5 minutes after the final siren.

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A 5-game win streak, another lackluster effort by Erik Cole, and the Habs beat the Rangers 3-1 in New York. What could be better? Well, Corey Collard welcomed Nick Murdocco, Simon Tsalikis, Mitch Gallo and Jay Ferrar on the post-game, and it was an absolute riot!

Remember to Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and tweet #HabsSkate to win a pair of tickets to Skate With The Habs at the Bell Centre on Sunday, February 24th at 10 A.M.

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Adam Herman joined Steven Hindle, Eric Engels, Bobby Dollas and Rob “KitKat” Elbaz to breakdown tonight’s game at MSG between the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens.

Remember to Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and tweet #HabsSkate to win a pair of tickets to Skate With The Habs at the Bell Centre on Sunday, February 24th at 10 A.M.

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Match-Up:

The Canadiens (10-4-1) are in the Big Apple Tuesday night to face the Rangers (8-5-1) hot off the heels of their fourth straight victory, a 3-0 shutout over the Carolina Hurricanes. The game is set to start at 7:00 and can be seen on RDS and TSN-Habs.

This is the first of three meeting between the Habs and Rangers, they’ll meet again in Montreal this Saturday. Last year the teams split their four meetings, with each team picking up a pair of wins on home ice.

What to Watch:

Although it probably wasn’t his best shot of the season, Max Pacioretty scored his first goal this year in Monday’s win against the Hurricanes. Patches lobbed a puck towards Cam Ward’s net from beyond the red line but the bouncing puck fooled the former Conn Smythe winner. Although he hasn’t been scoring much, Pacioretty has remained productive, he now has 9 assists in 11 games.

Carey Price has missed the last two games for the Habs while he recovered from the flu, but Peter Budaj has filled in admirably in his absence. Budaj has allowed just one goal against in his last two games, so Michel Therrien may be tempted to let Price have another day of rest before bringing him back into action.

The Rangers have plenty of marquee players to watch out for this season. Big names like Rick Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards lead the way for the Blueshirts, the trio has scored 12 of New York’s 37 goals this season. Sophomore Carl Hagelin has looked good recently as well, he has 5 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games. Hagelin’s 6 goals on the season puts him in second place on the team, just one goal shy of Gaborik.

What’s at Stake:

The Canadiens are riding a 4-game win streak that has moved them into top spot in the Northeast division and has them challenging for first place in the East. It’s a turnaround nobody was really expecting after last season, but the Habs show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Montreal’s defense has been impressive recently after a series of meltdowns that saw them blow two third period leads a couple of weeks ago, not to mention the 6-0 beating handed down to them by the Leafs to finish off their worst string of games this year.

But the Canadiens seem to have put all that behind them, they’ve given up just 1 goal in their last 9 periods of play.

Who’s Out:

Despite the slew of players that weren’t able to finish Saturday’s game, only Brendan Gallagher (concussion) didn’t suit up for Monday’s victory. Petteri Nokelainen (back) is also out for the Habs.

The Rangers are missing Darroll Powe (concussion) and Michael Sauer (concussion). Powe was injured in New York’s win over the Caps on Sunday, Sauer on the other hand was injured in December 2011.

What Else:

With Monday’s win over the Hurricanes, the Habs improved to 8-0-0 against teams outside their division. They’ve now beaten every team in the Southeast and will get a chance to accomplish the same feat against Atlantic division teams in the coming days.

Montreal has already beaten the Devils and the Flyers, and after facing the Rangers on Tuesday they’ll be hosting the Islanders this Thursday. If their perfect record is still intact at the beginning of March, the Habs will get the chance to complete their sweep of out-of-division teams Saturday, March 2, when they host the Penguins.

Be sure to tune into the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show an hour before the puck drop and the Post Game Show 5 minutes after the final siren.

 

 

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