Rangers Must Snuff Out Any Hope For The Habs

NYR practice before game 3 (NYR)

NYR practice before game 3 (NYR)

The Rangers are 2-2 in their last 4 home games at MSG this post-season. That trend can’t continue any further. Home ice advantage needs to be just that, an advantage. The Blueshirts used it in round 1 for their game 7 against the Flyers. They failed to do it for games 3 and 4 before finding the magic in game 6 against the Penguins. Tonight, the Rangers must set the tone, engage the crowd and score that all important 1st goal. If they can do that, the Rangers will make MSG an impossible place for Montreal.

THE LINEUPS

Derick Brassard looks set to return tonight and will be a game time decision. Benoit Pouliot, who missed yesterday’s practice was ruled a go for game 3. Alain Vigneault called it a maintenance day. If Brassard plays, expect Carcillo to take a seat.

The Canadiens have already named Dustin Tokarski as the starter. However, the biggest question swirls around Thomas Vanek and his potential move to the fourth line. Michel Therrein may simply be looking to find Vanek more room against the Rangers third defense pairing of Kevin Klein and John Moore.

LUCK MY ASS

PK Subban may have done the stupidest thing possible by saying Lundqvist was “lucky”. When Henrik was approached, he laughed when informed about the comment and decided to play along, “There’s definitely some luck, no question.”

So, how do you think the Habs felt about Subban’s comments?

Henrik Lundqvist is leading all goalies in this year’s playoffs with a 1.93 goals against average. Yup, very lucky indeed.

KEYS TO THE GAME

1. Score the 1st goal of the game and watch the Habs fall apart.

2. More Nash, More St. Louis! If those two are going, the Rangers can run away with this game.

3. “Lucky” Lundqvist – enough said.

FULLTILT FORECAST

Henrik gets very lucky and shuts out the Canadiens for his first of these playoffs. 4-0 NYR, with more goals from Nash and St. Louis.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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