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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 2/23/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



NY RANGERS (8-6-0-2, 18 pts.) at MONTREAL (11-4-0-2, 24 pts.)
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Saturday, 2/23/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
63NY RANGERS+105Ov 5,+105+110Ov 5,+110
64MONTREAL-125Un 5,-125-130Un 5,-130
NY RANGERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-8-0-1.98-8-1.96-92.630.22.629.0
Team Stats (Road Games)2-4-0-2.42-4-2.41-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-2.42-3-2.42-22.433.42.830.8
NY RANGERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1641111117234848.5%59711.9%61
Team Stats (Road Games)612137111587.6%2428.3%15
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512344111677.2%19315.8%18
Stats Against (All Games) 41111315244648.8%601016.7%66
Stats Against (Road Games) 16447111988.1%21419.0%27
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14246231549.1%1218.3%18
NY RANGERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BIRON (All Games)33837792.8%01-2-1.61-2-0-22-1
MARTIN BIRON (Road Games)11323093.7%01-0+11-0-0+10-1
MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)33837792.8%01-2-1.61-2-0-22-1
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)141337934891.8%07-6-0.37-6-004-8
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Road Games)5516615392.2%01-4-3.41-4-0-31-3
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)4412211493.4%02-2-0.92-2-0-11-2

MONTREAL - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-6-0+3.911-6+3.98-92.929.02.326.5
Team Stats (Home Games)7-4-0+1.37-4+1.35-62.929.42.225.3
Last 5 Games4-1-0+2.94-1+2.91-42.827.61.222.8
MONTREAL Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1749151813334939.9%821518.3%85
Team Stats (Home Games)113212910113239.9%551018.2%57
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5143371213810.1%1616.2%23
Stats Against (All Games) 3971515214518.6%781417.9%69
Stats Against (Home Games) 245108102788.6%531018.9%43
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 6041101145.3%15213.3%12
MONTREAL - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PETER BUDAJ (All Games)441059590.5%12-202-2-002-2
PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)22383797.4%12-0+22-0-0+20-2
PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)441059590.5%12-202-2-002-2
CAREY PRICE (All Games)131334631891.9%09-4+3.99-4-0+46-7
CAREY PRICE (Home Games)9924021790.4%05-4-0.75-4-005-4
CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)441009292.0%03-1+23-1-0+22-2
Average power rating of opponents played: NY RANGERS 3.22,  MONTREAL 2.91
NY RANGERS - Schedule
1/29/2013PHILADELPHIA2-1W0, -165W5.5 unU
1/31/2013PITTSBURGH0-3L0, -120L U
2/2/2013at TAMPA BAY3-2W0, +105W5.5 ovU
2/5/2013at NEW JERSEY1-3L0, -105L5 unU
2/7/2013NY ISLANDERS4-1W0, -160W5.5 unU
2/10/2013TAMPA BAY5-1W0, -150W5.5 unO
2/12/2013at BOSTON4-3W0, +115W5 unO
2/14/2013NY ISLANDERS3-4L0, -155L5.5 unO
2/17/2013WASHINGTON2-1W0, -180W5.5 unU
2/19/2013MONTREAL1-3L0, -160L5 evU
2/21/2013at OTTAWA2-3L0, -145L5 unP
2/23/2013at MONTREAL 
2/28/2013TAMPA BAY 

MONTREAL - Schedule
1/27/2013NEW JERSEY4-3W0, -110W5 ovO
1/29/2013WINNIPEG4-3W0, -130W5 ovO
1/30/2013at OTTAWA1-5L0, +135L5.5 unO
2/2/2013BUFFALO6-1W0, -130W5.5 unO
2/3/2013OTTAWA2-1W0, -130W5.5 unU
2/6/2013BOSTON1-2L0, -110L5 ovU
2/7/2013at BUFFALO4-5L0, +120L5.5 unO
2/9/2013TORONTO0-6L0, -170L5 ovO
2/12/2013at TAMPA BAY4-3W0, +115W5.5 evO
2/14/2013at FLORIDA1-0W0, -125W5 ovU
2/16/2013PHILADELPHIA4-1W0, -155W5.5 unU
2/18/2013CAROLINA3-0W0, -130W5.5 unU
2/19/2013at NY RANGERS3-1W0, +140W5 evU
2/21/2013NY ISLANDERS3-4L0, -150L5.5 unO
2/23/2013NY RANGERS 
2/25/2013at OTTAWA 
2/27/2013at TORONTO 
3/3/2013at BOSTON 
3/5/2013at NY ISLANDERS 

LAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals.

COACH: John Tortorella, 6th season with Rangers, 145-100-26; 14th overall, 384-322-100 in NHL.

ADDED: LW Rick Nash, RW Arron Asham, C Micheal Haley, LW Taylor Pyatt, C Jeff Halpern.

LOST: C Artem Anisimov, C Brandon Dubinsky, D Tim Erixon, C John Mitchell, RW Brandon Prust, G Chad Johnson, D Jeff Woywitka, D John Scott, LW Ruslan Fedotenko.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Nash. The big power forward has finally emerged from relative obscurity and landed on the big stage. The 28-year-old Nash, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft by Columbus, played in only four playoff games in nine seasons with the Blue Jackets. His size and scoring ability will both be major factors for the Rangers' offense, which now boasts three premier forwards in Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.

OUTLOOK: With reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist in net, and Nash teaming up with Gaborik and Richards up front, the Rangers have every reason to believe they can again top the Eastern Conference in the regular season and carry that through the playoffs, as well.


LAST SEASON: 31-35-16, 78 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in Eastern Conference.

COACH: Michel Therrien, 4th season with Canadiens, 77-77-36 (2000-03), 8th overall, 212-182-68 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Colby Armstrong, D Francis Bouillon, LW Brandon Prust.

LOST: C Andreas Engqvist, D Brad Staubitz, LW Mathieu Darche.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Rookie first-round pick Alex Galchenyuk, who was selected with the No. 3 pick in the draft. He's already looking impressive during training camp this week. The Canadiens could use additional scoring punch to take the burden on the line of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Erik Cole, who combined to score 84 of the team's 207 goals.

OUTLOOK: After two coaching changes and a roster upheaval that sent Michael Cammalleri to Calgary, the outlook can only get better after the bottom fell out of Habs last season. Still, too soon to expect full turnaround under new GM Marc Bergevin, who is still retooling the roster that included sending C Scott Gomez home for remainder of season in order for the team to buy out his contract this summer.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NY RANGERS-MONTREAL) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(UPDATES with Nash out again)

*Rangers-Canadiens Preview* ===========================


New York (8-6-2) at Montreal (11-4-2), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Montreal Canadiens have surged to the top of the Northeast Division with some of their best hockey of the season, though they're coming off a rare disappointing effort.

They also played far from their best earlier this week, but still earned a win over the New York Rangers.

Montreal looks to get back on track with a seventh straight home victory over the Rangers on Saturday night.

The Canadiens (11-4-2) had their season-high five-game winning streak snapped Thursday, though they managed to pick up a point in a 4-3 overtime home loss to the Islanders. Montreal led 2-0 after one period and 3-2 going into the third, but seemed to fade in the final 20 minutes of regulation when it was outshot 8-4.

"We got completely away from our game plan," said forward Max Pacioretty, who scored twice and has four goals in a three-game streak. "They saw an opportunity and they walked all over us. It's embarrassing to be up like that and get away from our game plan so much."

The Canadiens hadn't allowed a power-play goal in four games but gave up two in four chances, allowing the Islanders to rally. Montreal has been short-handed 78 times, among the most in the league.

"I don't think it's so much discipline as much as not killing the penalties that hurts us," goaltender Carey Price said. "We have to figure out a way to bail our guys out (when they take penalties). They scored two power-play goals; that's a momentum changer."

Pacioretty provided just that Tuesday at Madison Square Garden when he scored late in the second period to erase the Rangers' 1-0 lead. Montreal went on to get two more goals in the third for a sluggish 3-1 victory, which was the Canadiens' second game of a back-to-back and third in four nights.

That was Montreal's third win in four overall matchups, and the Canadiens have been even more dominant in recent home meetings with New York. Montreal has outscored the Rangers 19-3 in the past five wins at the Bell Centre and gone 8-0-1 in the last nine games in the series there.

New York (8-6-2) continued to struggle with inconsistency in its last contest Thursday, falling 3-2 in a shootout at Ottawa after taking a 2-1 lead late in the third period. The Rangers have dropped two in a row and three of four, though they're 4-1-2 in the past seven.

The Rangers were without star forward Rick Nash, who will miss his third straight game with an undisclosed injury.

"I'm glad we got a point. .... Our full lineup (still isn't) playing so we've got to keep grinding away until we get people playing and try to grab points when we can," coach John Tortorella said.

The Rangers gave up a power-play goal for the first time in 18 chances and six games, and also allowed their first short-handed goal of the season.

"You've got to be happy with our third (period) and the way we came back and way we responded, and that's what we have to take into Montreal," said captain Ryan Callahan, who scored on the power play and in the shootout.

Last Updated: 6/25/2018 10:46:04 AM EST

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