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Saturday 3/30/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



NY RANGERS (16-14-0-3, 35 pts.) at MONTREAL (21-7-0-5, 47 pts.)
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Saturday, 3/30/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
13NY RANGERS+135Ov 5,-120+140Ov 5,-120
14MONTREAL-155Un 5,+100-160Un 5,+100
NY RANGERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games16-17-0-716-17-79-182.430.32.528.6
Team Stats (Road Games)6-9-0-4.36-9-4.32-101.926.92.529.9
Last 5 Games2-3-0-3.22-3-3.21-
NY RANGERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)33782321295510017.8%1031514.6%122
Team Stats (Road Games)152851011214046.9%44511.4%43
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)511533001547.1%14214.3%18
Stats Against (All Games) 81262626389448.6%1092119.3%137
Stats Against (Road Games) 37101214134498.2%451022.2%66
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 13534131429.2%12541.7%21
NY RANGERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BIRON (All Games)5513012092.3%12-3-1.62-3-0-22-2
MARTIN BIRON (Road Games)33797392.4%12-1+12-1-0+10-2
MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)4411010191.8%12-2-0.52-2-0-11-2
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)292880974692.2%214-14-5.314-14-0-67-16
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Road Games)121236834092.4%24-8-5.34-8-0-52-8
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)4410910192.7%11-3-4.21-3-0-41-2

MONTREAL - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games21-12-0+6.121-12+6.118-
Team Stats (Home Games)9-7-0-2.19-7-2.17-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-2.72-3-2.72-32.833.42.626.4
MONTREAL Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)3310428343755102210.2%1453121.4%175
Team Stats (Home Games)1648141715224989.6%721419.4%83
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)514229111678.4%17423.5%23
Stats Against (All Games) 83144024538889.3%1212419.8%142
Stats Against (Home Games) 3991611304029.7%671522.4%69
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 13381101329.8%17317.6%22
MONTREAL - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PETER BUDAJ (All Games)7617015490.6%14-2+2.64-2-0+34-2
PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)22383797.4%12-0+22-0-0+20-2
PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)43847892.9%13-0+3.63-0-0+42-1
CAREY PRICE (All Games)272771765391.1%217-10+3.617-10-0+414-13
CAREY PRICE (Home Games)141436432689.6%17-7-47-7-0-37-7
CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)44968790.6%12-2-0.62-2-0-12-2
Average power rating of opponents played: NY RANGERS 3.16,  MONTREAL 3.05
NY RANGERS - Schedule
3/3/2013BUFFALO3-2W0, -210W5 ovP
3/5/2013PHILADELPHIA4-2W0, -130W5.5 unO
3/7/2013at NY ISLANDERS2-1W0, -110W5.5 unU
3/8/2013OTTAWA2-3L0, -165L5 evP
3/10/2013at WASHINGTON4-1W0, -115W5 ovP
3/12/2013at BUFFALO1-3L0, -155L5 ovU
3/14/2013at WINNIPEG1-3L0, -110L5 ovU
3/16/2013at PITTSBURGH0-3L0, +145L5.5 unU
3/18/2013CAROLINA2-1W0, -155W5.5 unU
3/19/2013at NEW JERSEY3-2W0, +100W5 unP
3/21/2013FLORIDA1-3L0, -245L5 ovU
3/24/2013WASHINGTON2-3L0, -155L5 ovP
3/26/2013at PHILADELPHIA5-2W0, +100W5 ovO
3/28/2013at OTTAWA0-3L0, -120L5 unU
3/30/2013at MONTREAL 
4/5/2013at PITTSBURGH 
4/6/2013at CAROLINA 
4/8/2013at TORONTO 

MONTREAL - Schedule
3/3/2013at BOSTON4-3W0, +160W5 ovO
3/5/2013at NY ISLANDERS3-6L0, -120L5.5 unO
3/7/2013at CAROLINA4-2W0, -115W5.5 unO
3/9/2013at TAMPA BAY4-3W0, -105W5.5 unO
3/10/2013at FLORIDA5-2W0, -130W5.5 unO
3/13/2013OTTAWA4-3W0, -185W5 unO
3/16/2013at NEW JERSEY2-1W0, -140W5 ovU
3/19/2013BUFFALO2-3L0, -215L5.5 unU
3/21/2013at NY ISLANDERS5-2W0, -140W5.5 ovO
3/23/2013BUFFALO1-2L0, -200L5.5 unU
3/26/2013at PITTSBURGH0-1L0, +135L5.5 evU
3/27/2013at BOSTON6-5W0, +145W5 ovO
3/30/2013NY RANGERS 
4/3/2013at PHILADELPHIA 

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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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


New York (16-14-3) at Montreal (21-7-5), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Montreal Canadiens jumped back into first place in the Northeast Division by avoiding a third straight loss their last time out.

They may have a good chance to get on another roll starting Saturday night when they look to continue their domination of the slumping and offensively challenged New York Rangers.

The Canadiens (21-7-5) have been off since Wednesday, when they defeated Boston 6-5 in a shootout to move one point ahead of the Bruins for the top spot in the division. Montreal erased a two-goal third-period deficit, getting the equalizer from Andrei Markov with 8.2 seconds left.

"When you get down two goals twice and come back (with) two goals you have a lot of character," said rookie right wing Brendan Gallagher, who scored in the third and added the shootout winner. "It's great to see it."

Montreal had managed one goal over its past two games before scoring three times in the third Wednesday.

"In the third, we knew we had to change it up a bit and start getting back to our game," said forward Michael Ryder, who scored twice, "getting pucks deep and skating. That's what we do best."

The Canadiens have certainly done it at home against the Rangers in recent seasons, winning seven consecutive meetings there and allowing one total goal in the last four of those, with four shutouts during the seven-game span. Montreal has gone 9-0-1 in the past 10 home matchups, outscoring New York 42-18.

Leading the way has been Carey Price, who has blanked the Rangers in three straight home starts and hasn't given up a goal to them at the Bell Centre in 192 minutes, 45 seconds. He made 17 saves in a 3-0 victory Feb. 23 for Montreal's second win in as many meetings with New York this season.

If he's in net Saturday, he'll have some added incentive to play well after being pulled Wednesday, when he allowed four goals on 26 shots and was replaced by Peter Budaj.

Whoever gets the start will be facing a Rangers team that continued its season-long run of inconsistency in another punchless performance Thursday. New York (16-14-3) couldn't build on a 5-2 win over Philadelphia in its previous game, losing 3-0 at Ottawa to give it a 3-5-1 mark in its past nine.

Excluding the Flyers game, the Rangers have totaled 10 goals in their past eight contests. Tied with the Islanders for final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, they missed a chance to move into a tie with New Jersey for seventh.

"I don't know what to say. I have a few thoughts but I don't think it's going to help our group right now. Bottom line is it's not good enough and we're not going to make it (to the postseason) if ..." said goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, trailing off before continuing. "We need everybody right now and we need top plays and smart plays for 60 minutes.

"We're playing teams that are working really hard and we have to match it. If we're not matching it we're not going to win."

The Rangers' 78 goals are the fewest in the NHL. They've gone 2 for their last 21 on the power play and rank near the bottom of the NHL at 14.6 percent.

They've also given up one power-play goal in each of their last five games and seven of eight.

"I talked about it the other night that if we're losing special teams (battles) we'll have a tough time winning games," Lundqvist said. "It's really disappointing and I'm going to leave it at that."

Montreal has won four of five in the series overall.

Last Updated: 5/25/2018 9:58:56 AM EST

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