Canadiens Game Day: Habs Limp into New York for Critical Match Against Rangers

March 18th, 2011 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
Fresh off the heels of a well-earned 3-2 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Montreal Canadiens take on the Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden.

With seven points separating these two teams in the standings and the playoffs only 11 games away, this is sure to be a tightly contested match.

Tonight's match is the fourth and final game between the two teams this season with Montreal winning the first three in tight, low-scoring affairs.


Montreal is sixth overall in the East with 85 points, three behind the Lightning and the Bruins, who have one game in hand. While the Habs are looking up in the standings, the Rangers, who have won two straight games, are looking behind them.

New York is seventh overall in the East with 78 points, two ahead of the Sabres, who have one game in hand, and four ahead of the Hurricanes. The Rangers have struggled to find consistency this season and are on a bit of a slippery slope right now.

A few more wins and they could start to put some distance on the teams behind them. However, given the logjam in the standings, losing a few in a row might see the Rangers sl ...

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