The Montreal Canadiens hit the road following their 2-3-0 home stand, to face the New York Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden. Thanks to renovations at the prestigious building, the Rangers will be taking part in their home opener tonight, following a lengthy and underwhelming nine game road trip to begin the season.
The Canadiens are looking to bounce back from a tough home stretch, especially form being shutout against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. Logan Couture scored both goals for the Sharks, and Antti Niemi did the rest, knocking away every shot he faced.
The Rangers have started the season with a 3-6-0 record but have been better towards the end of their trip, and will look to start the year off right at home to push themselves back into the playoff picture. Though their record suggest they have been struggling, the second half of their trip was much more successful, and the Rangers are coming off a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in their last outing.
New York started the season 1-4-0 and allowed 25 goals in those five games, but are 2-2-0 in their past four while allowing only 8, and that was with starting goaltender Henrik Lunqvist for the past two games.
The Swedish netminder returns to the Rangers tonight, as the two original six teams meet for the first time this season. Montreal was very successful against one of their oldest rivals a year ago, defeating the Rangers in all three meetings during the shortened season, and outscoring their opponent 9-1 in the process. Carey Price played all three games and was obviously excellent against the Rangers, but it appears Peter Budaj will get the start in goal for the Habs tonight.