Rangers at Canadiens…It’s Go Time!

Game 2, Eastern Conference Quarter Finals

Rangers lead series 1-0

Rangers at Canadiens -7:00 PM MSG, USA, 98.7 FM. Online streaming is available on nbcsportss.com or the NBC Sports app.

After leaving victorious on Wednesday night, the Rangers return to the Bell Centre for game 2 of the first round. The forwards will have to do a better job scoring on Carey Price or else we will have to rely on Big Game Glass to carry the offense. And we still need to see if Lundqvist is back or whether he just gave his final vintage performance.

Thank you to E3 for putting up a clean slate while I was at the children’s museum with the family. Clearly, this is a HAV.

Tonightโ€™s probable lineup for the Rangers, via Steve Zipay (@stevezipay):

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello

Jimmy Vesey-Mika Zibanejad-Rick Nash

Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-JT Miller

Tanner Glass-Oscar Lindberg-Jesper Fast

DEFENSE

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi

Marc Staal-Nick Holden

Brady Skjei-Brendan Smith

The big news of course is that Kevin Klein and Pavel Buchnevich remain healthy scratches in favor of trade-deadline acquisition Brendan Smith and game 1 hero Tanner Glass, respectively. Smith started slowly but finished strongly. Glass, well, there isn’t much more that can be said about him from game 1. Let’s hope the rest of the team plays more like him. Did I really just say that? Henrik Lundqvist obviously gets the start. Here’s hoping he can maintain his vintage form.

No changes for the Canadiens. They will try again to be the first Canadian team to win a playoff game in nearly two years, as this year’s teams went 0-5 in game 1. One thing to pay attention to are the defensive matchups. Weber had almost a 75% 5 on 5 corsi, while the Beaulieu-Nesterov pairing had only a 35.1%.

The Rangers are something like 2-13 since 2012 when they have a chance to take a two game series lead, so I fully expect this to come back to MSG at 1-1, as would Carp, who would also expect 2-2 and probably 3-3.

I just hope tonight’s game is as entertaining as Wednesday night’s. The teams were credited with almost 100 combined hits, which is almost like Matt Martin being tracked by the Islanders. I saw somewhere that his hit total dropped by almost 100 this year. Color me unsurprised.

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907 thoughts on “Rangers at Canadiens…It’s Go Time!”

  1. WOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO it is TIME!!!!!!!!!! Go time that is so …Take your french frys out of the oven and put out your french poodle cuz it’s hackey TONIGHT!!!

    LEts go gog go gg og ggog gogogogogo oo!!

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  2. You don’t need a leash for Glass, short or otherwise. He’s a good soldier. That’s why AV takes him wherever he goes.

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  3. NASH will crash
    Zucco will pass
    and THE KREIDER will dash!!

    BIG GAME!!! HUGE!! Take this and it will be grand theft!!

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  4. Good evening all!!!!! Holy heck, already annoyed by NBC… “Previously, in the stanley cup playoffs….” Am I watching Survivor??

    LGR!!!!!!!! Pozzy! No neggy!

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  5. When slumpers like Girardi and Staal finally play half way competently, the announcers like to say, “he had a TREMENDOUS night.” Gimme a break.

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  6. Refs are calling a good playoff series imo, rangers up 2 games to 0 going back to worlds quietest arena

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  7. Never believed in refs conspiracy, but so far no calls is so onesided, that I do think zebras not gonna let Habs to lose in this game.

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  8. Girardi nods again and Donuts allows himself to be bothered by Gallagher. Just like in the Montreal playbook.
    Dumb.

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  9. I used to think the pen fans were the worst and on my number one dislike list until I realized it’s the candiens fans who I dislike the most.

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  10. Unforgivable mistakes – Kreider not handling puck, Hank making rebound of weak shot, defense at al…

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  11. I have been saying it all season that Holden is mediocre and that he just got hot for a little while. Everyone else thought he was the steal of the century.

    Sister, I said that about Kreider in my game 1 review. Not nearly aggressive enough.

    EVrock, 4th line?

    E3, mr. Clutch his stick.

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  12. Klein hasn’t been a picnic this season but my hope is that he’s close enough to 100% in body and instinct to be an upgrade over Holden.

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  13. Man, you add up all the lousy players on the Rangers roster, listed here, and it’s amazing they’re even in this series. Boneheads pushing panic buttons is one of my favorite things! Like warm woolen mittens.

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  14. Joe M: “Great defensive play by Girardi!” Gimme a break. He’s out of position, which presumably makes his desperation swipe a “great defensive play.”

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  15. I could be wrong but it appears to me every time Nash gets ripped on here he scores a goal, keep it up boneheads, maybe start ripping Kreider and he will wake up.

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  16. Btw, the penalties and the scrum happened because of classic incompetent NHL officiating. They don’t call anything all game and then when the players realize that and start policing themselves, refs have to call a bunch of penalties to try and regain control.

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  17. Exactly doodie. regain control until about 9 minutes into the 3rd when they decide to just let everything go again

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  18. It is no harm-no foul when Ott sprints 20 feet to wreck Zucc away from the puck, but they call that. NHL officiating.

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  19. Absolutely shameful call! BTW, Smith looks like our best defenseman so far in the series. Girardi and Skjei share 2nd.

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  20. Love the physicality of this series so far. And Vesey looks like a veteran power forward stud in the offensive zone.

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  21. I don’t think it’s been that bad. I think you’re confusing him commenting about Weber doing something positive with unnecessary praise.

    He’s been very complementary of Zuccarello, too.

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  22. This PP is just absolutely hot gargbage – please get Step off of it. He doesn’t add anything (watch him score now…)

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  23. Not to be negy but I thought there was a bit too much trying to weave through Montreal dmen to get to the net instead of trying to get it deep and retrieving it

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  24. Always hated Radulov, this cheap shots artist, baselessly arrogant king of all SOBs, toothless moronic piece of smoking carsillo…

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  25. Milbury is such a d@@k head, saying that smith should be suspended 2 games for the cross check to shaw’s head meanwhile there has been much worse offensive cheap shots in hockey with zero suspensions, what a A-Hole.

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  26. Nothing infuriates me more not cashing in on essentially back to back pp. yet later we’ll talk about someone coughing puck up

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  27. We shall be shorthanded a bunch so long as we are ahead in the 3rd. An early PPG sure would be nice for the old stress level.

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  28. Olga quoting my old pizza guy in New Rochelle.

    Can I get a large pie delivered?

    “Gimme a good 20 mins”

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  29. Who next season can we do without if we can find some quality:

    Step
    Danny G
    Staal
    Holden
    And a few of the usual suspects

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  30. One thing is clear – Rangers looked totally ready for PO, despite of all those “soft” team conversations…

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  31. James, friend of mine some years back, half in the bag, odd neighborhood, car-less, spots a pizza parlor, says: “Do you deliver?” Guy says yes – my buds says “Gimme a large pie and take me with it.”

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  32. Step line cannot be out there with that pairing. Selke Zucc, OVerated Step and the are not the defensive wizards

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  33. If that’s will continue, we will need much more timeouts. Besides, I’m sure refs will find a way to make some call before that’s over.

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  34. Youse guys sound ridiculous
    It’s the f playoffs and MTL playing desperate
    We’ll win anyway
    Stephan
    Go smoke a joint and relax

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  35. They played not to lose rather than playing to win. Just sat back and let Habs keep coming at them. Zero pressure in has zone. Why Holden would be on the ice in last two minutes is beyond anyones comprehension. Have little faith they will find a way to win in OT and make no mistake this is a “must Win for them considering how poorly they play at home.

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  36. Olga nailed it.

    These Blueshirts established about zero forecheck during the third period.

    Montreal played the entire period on its toes as a result.

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  37. That’s what happens when you try to play the third like a 20 min PK. Nick Holden doesn’t belong on the ice for the rest of the post season. Idc if Klein is healthy or not

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  38. Well… Carp called it. 1-1 after 1. 2-0 would’ve been too easy…. and honestly, they deserve to lose this game to this crappy team. Other than Miller/Fast/Glass… the ForeGlide is strong tonight….

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  39. So there’s a bunch of narratives you can tell: would be hard for us to turn it on after just defending for 10 minutes, Montreal will suffer emotional let down after tying game, etc.

    Bottom line: next goal is huge in this series.

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  40. 6’4″ 215 lb Nick Holder couldn’t move the 5’10” 175 lb forward so he tried to smack his stick.
    This guy SUCKS!

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  41. There’s 1000 defining moments in every playoff series. That one doesn’t mean sh1t except a longer game tonight. Stop being so melodramatic

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  42. This all started with Hank chasing the opposing player around behind his net like a Viking Warrior.

    The rangers just seemed to lose a little swagger

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  43. They should bring someone up from Hartford before Holden ever sees ice again. Need to go to 5 D for rest of this game.

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  44. What did the Rangers get trying to defend a one-goal lead for almost an entire Game 1? Playoffs, baby!

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  45. 4 on 2 with 2 min to go and the Rangers just dumped it in!!??? Come on!!

    Hank with the behind the net stare down was awesome haha .

    Rangers need Grabners break away magic really soon!!

    Grabner GWG take these 2 wins and head back to NEW YORK!!!

    LETS gogo gg og oggogoggoogoo!!! Nail WEBER again!!!

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  46. Might not be momentum game to game though that will define this series.

    Smith and skeji need that moment before holden .

    Expect radulov end it early

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  47. Not sure what all the whining is about. The Rangers have more hits, which is the important thing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  48. Maybe they should put some pressure on in OT, unlike the 3rd….just saying. But seems like they’re playing their prevent defense after the first minute….

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  49. What the F$&@ are they doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One team’s trying…. the other one has their heads up their asses. I’ll let you figure out which is which…

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  50. This is like one of those games where one team does everything but score, then the other team scores on their first chance.

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