The New York Rangers are an astonishing 7-0-0 in the second half of back-to-back sets this season.
They’ll likely face their biggest challenge in such a game tonight, as they head to Bell Centre to battle the Montreal Canadiens (7 PM, MSG).
The Rangers (28-14-1) are coming off a less successful tilt at home against a team from Canada, falling 4-2 last night to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Rangers swept the Leafs last season, but were unable to stop their special teams. Toronto scored two power play goals, and forced the Rangers to go 0-for-6 on the power play. Chris Kreider and JT Miller had the Ranger goals. They were, on a positive note, able to welcome back Pavel Buchnevich, who had one assist, and Rick Nash back from injury.
Montreal (26-11-6) leads the Atlantic Division, but are coming off a brutal 7-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night at home. Carey Price remained in net for every goal, falling behind 7-0 before Tomas Plekanec scored a late goal to avert a shutout.
This will be the first of three meetings between the Rangers and Canadians this season, with Montreal taking two of three last season. The Rangers, however, scored a 5-2 victory in the last showdown, falling 5-2 on March 26. The Rangers used a huge second period to their advantage, scoring four goals in the frame. Chris Kreider had two in the frame, and Derek Stepan and JT Miller also had goals in the game.