Thursday, December 4, 2008

Peepin' Foes: Montreal Canadiens

Just a day after coming from behind to beat the Penguins in a shootout, the Rangers are back in action tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.

Where We Are: Which team are we? The one that lost to the worst team in the NHL 4-0 on Sunday or the one that came back from a two goal deficit to beat a divisional rival last night?

Where They Are: They are coming off of back to back wins, the last being a surprisingly tight affair where they blew a three goal lead. Hey, at least it wasn't five ... but it was against Atlanta so they shows that their squad is lacking in concentration of late - especially when they score on their own goal (poor guy).

Who To Watch For: Steve Begin. No, seriously. Begin skates hard and causes chaos and the Ranger defense is highly susceptible to players of his ilk.

What To Watch For: With no Mike Komisarek, the Blueshirts will have an easier time going to the net, especially smaller guys like Petr Prucha and Chris Drury.

What We'll (Hopefully) See: A nice pregame ceremony, followed by the Rangers playing motivated hockey. Saku Koivu is no Cindy Crosby so they can take more risks without the thought that the other team will e able to capitalize quickly. And no dumb penalties!! Alex Kovalev is having a sub-par season but their power play is still pretty damn good so the Rangers have to play smart.

Also Check Out: Habs Blog and Top Shelf Habs.

And, as always, head over to Weinman's Ranger Report for the latest updates.

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