The Montreal Canadiens are looking to close out the 2013-2014 NHL season on a high note.
The Habs go into Saturday night’s contest having lost two straight games to the Chicago Blackhawks and what can only be called a “B” team ,the New York Islanders. Thursday night the Islanders went in to the game with a roster boasting 12 rookie players, and they managed to emerge victorious 2-0 over Les Glorieux. The loss put a dent in the Habs chances of having home ice advantage going in to round one. With Tampa having won their game, they essentially control where the series will begin as they still have 2 games remaining to Montreal’s one.
It was a lack luster performance for the Habs, who seemed to have nothing left in the tank after losing to Chicago in Overtime the previous night.
One can only hope that the playoff bound Montreal Canadiens are the ones who show up to face the Rangers on Saturday. One key piece will be out of the line up both tonight and for round 1 of the playoffs as Alex Galchenyuk is out injured (Lower Body). Word on Brandon Prust is the team is hopeful he’ll be able to go in time for the first round.
Lars Eller is doubtful to play as he is still suffering from flu-like symptoms, Michael Blunden was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs today in case Eller cannot play.
The Rangers come into the Bell Centre on a two game winning streak and in a playoff position, boasting wins over the Carolina Hurricanes and and Buffalo Sabers.
It was a rocky start to the season for the Rangers, with a lot of talk about firing new coach Alain Vigneault early on, but they soldiered on and currently sit second in the Metropolitan division four points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers.
It’s been a low scoring series between this two teams thus far. In two games a total of 3 goals have been scored and two shutouts have been recorded. The first game , on October 28th, saw the Habs blank the Rangers 2-0 on the night the newly renovated Madison Square Garden re-opened, the Habs playing the spoilers oh so well. A few weeks later the Habs played host to the Rangers in what was a 1-0 loss
Habs fans still sit on the edge of their seats going in to the final game, waiting to see who (and if) will hit career highs and career records.
Brendan Gallagher is in search of his 20th goal, his first 20 goal season in his young career. Max Pacioretty is still in search of that elusive goal number 40, while Daniel Briere is hoping to net goal #300 of his career.
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