After escaping Nationwide Arena in Columbus with two points they had no business earning last night, the Rangers are back in action tonight. An overnight flight home had led the team back to Madison Square Garden, and David Quinn’s squad will look to defend home ice against one of their Original Six foes, the Montreal Canadiens.
Les Habitants also played last night, as they fell to the Colorado Avalanche at home by a 3-2 margin before flying across the border into the United States. With both teams slogging through their second game in as many days, tonight’s contest has all the makings of a sloppy slugfest.
These two teams last met two Saturdays ago in Montreal, and it was a game to remember for the Blueshirts. A 4-0 deficit early in the second period turned into a 6-5 victory by the time the final buzzer sounded, and New York rode that momentum into earning points in five of their last six games (4-1-1).
Player to Watch: Alexandar Georgiev
After making 45 saves on 47 shots against last night, Georgiev will look to keep his momentum going against Montreal. He was in net for the last time these two teams met, and David Quinn’s decision to keep Georgiev in net even at 4-0 was seen as a turning point that helped spark the Blueshirts’ comeback. While it’ll be hard to match yesterday’s showing, look for Georgiev to have a better outing against Montreal than he did the first time around.
Enjoy the game!