The New York Rangers will host the Montreal Canadiens in an Eastern Conference tilt Friday night from Madison Square Garden. The Canadiens are coming off a 3-2 home loss to the Avalanche, and the Rangers logged a 3-2 road win over the Blue Jackets on Thursday night. The Rangers tallied a 6-5 road win against the Canadiens late last month.
Canadiens Woes Resume in Loss to Avs
The Montreal Canadiens head out on a brief two-game road trip starting in this one. They recently lost eight consecutive games which they snapped with a win on Tuesday night but returned to their losing ways in a 3-2 home defeat against the Avalanche on Thursday night. Canadiens’ point leader Tomas Tatar has cooled off quite a bit, going three consecutive games without recording a point. The ninth-year left-winger recorded 13 points last month, and he has nine goals along with 15 assists on the season.
Max Domi has also not been nearly as productive recently, earning only one point in his last four games. The 24-year old center isn’t having the season many expected, logging only six goals along with 11 assists. He did have a big night against the Rangers last month, netting two goals and an assist. Montreal owns a 5-4-2 road record on the season.
The Canadiens will have Carey Price between the pipes. The veteran netminder is having a subpar season, especially for his standards. He owns a 3.13 GAA and an .899 save percentage accompanied with an 11-9-3 record. Montreal is scoring an average of 3.3 goals, good for eighth in the NHL. Their defensive play is an issue and they are squandering an average of 3.5 goals, positioning them 28th overall.
Rangers Defeat Columbus for Fifth Win in Last Seven Games
The New York Rangers return home after recording a 3-2 road win in Columbus on Thursday night. New York is playing well, posting a 5-1-1 record in their last seven games. Artemi Panarin found the back of the net for his 13th goal of the season in Thursday’s victory. The 28-year old left-winger continues to excel, collecting nine points in his last seven games. Panarin scored a goal along with an assist against the Habs last month, and he is having a stellar year, posting a team-leading 34 points.
Mika Zibanejad is locked in, recording at least one point in each of his last three games. The 26-year old center has missed a month due to injury and he is producing at a high clip, registering 16 points in 15 games played. New York is 8-5-1-1 on home ice this season.
Kakko wants a hug, B. Pls get up. pic.twitter.com/oF2yBXD94r— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) December 6, 2019
The Rangers will have Henrik Lundqvist guard the cage in the second game of a back-to-back. Lundqvist features a 7-6-2 record along with a strong .910 save percentage but is carrying a poor 3.21 GAA on the season. The Rangers are scoring an average of 3.2 goals, good for 10th in the NHL. They are allowing an average of 3.3 goals pegging them down at 25th overall.
The Montreal Canadiens are:
- 1-9 in their last 10 games overall.
- 1-4 in their last 5 road games.
- 8-21 in their last 29 games playing on zero days of rest.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The New York Rangers are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 home games against the Canadiens.
- 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
- 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on zero days of rest.