The New York Rangers face off against the Montreal Canadiens, their first game of the week and the first game in three days. The Rangers since playing have dealt Nick Holden to Boston, and have supposedly started to really push the ball on F Micahel Grabner. Other than that, much has remained the same in New York a struggling offense, struggling goaltender/defense and sights set on a decent first round pick.
The exciting news of tonight is that goaltender Alexander Georgiev will make his NHL debut, the undrafted free agent out of Moscow, Russia has spent this season playing 27 games with the Hartford Wolfpack posting a 12-11-2 record, with 2.97 goals against and .908 save percentage. Georgiev ranks 5th among AHL goaltenders in shots against(954) and 5th in saves(866). Despite posting a sub-average goals against and save percentage, Georgiev has played on a streaky AHL Hartford Wolfpack team.
The Rangers will look to avoid their fifth straight loss and 9th loss in eleven games. As bad as the Rangers have been they are still five points out of a wild-card spot. Which is a good thing, as the season progresses they will continue to fall more and more which opens up more room for a top ten draft pick.
Good news for New York is that Charlie Lindgren the backup goalie and AHL starter was recalled due to Carey Price missing practice Wednesday after taking a shot to the head from the Flyers Tuesday night. Lindgren is 0-3-1 in his recent four-game road trip and posts a 3-4-1 record in 8 starts with a 2.43 GAA and .924 save percentage on the season.
This could be an ugly game tonight, a really sloppy hockey game between two struggling clubs all year. As the Rangers had a high moment a majority of their season has been on the subpar side. While the Canadiens have been in the basement since day one of the season. The Canadiens are 2-6-2 in their last ten games, coming off a loss to Philadelphia and a 22-29-8 record on the season. The only upside for the Canadiens is there 14-10-6 at home.
Who to watch tonight?
Obviously, the rookie goaltender making his NHL debut. Coach Alain Vigneault has come out and said he has been practicing and looking better and what time to give the kid his shot than right now. As Hank struggles mentally and has put on poor performances as of late a break is much needed. Let’s see what the undrafted Russian goaltender can do tonight.
As much as some Ranger fans may not like him nor any NHL fan is Brendan Gallagher keep your eyes peeled on the shifty forward. Gallagher leads the Canadiens in points with 35 and goals with 21. Currently has 3 goals five assists in his last eight games, and seems to fair well on home ice totaling 15 points, even better Gallagher does a lot of his scoring on Thursday’s talk about a weird stat but Gallagher has 9 goals 2 assists in 14 games on Thursdays making that the most points during any day of the week.
Puck drop is 7:30 PM (est) at the Bell Centre.
Oh, also expect Michael Grabner to possibly be dealt before the game or even during the game. Trust me.