New York Rangers
vs Montreal Canadiens
7:00 p.m., Tuesday
Rangers Record: 25-15-3
Canadiens Record: 23-16-3
Tonight, Jan. 11, the Rangers return home after a two-game
road trip weekend to take on the Canadiens. The Rangers, 6-2-2 in their last 10
games, are also riding a three-game winning streak, and will look to continue
winning ways against Montreal.
After a disappointing two games in Florida in which New York
was beaten by both the Lightning and the Panthers, the Rangers came back in a
fury, winning their next three games, all hard-fought and all by a one-goal
margin. The team’s most recent winning streak showcases its ability to play
through adversity—coming back from deficits, preserving close leads and playing
with passion. These games are so-called “character wins;” they really prove the
team’s toughness, intensity and drive to win.
The Rangers have been plagued by a slew of injuries this
season, and the last game was no different. In addition to dealing with the
long-term injuries of forwards Derek Boogaard, Ryan Callahan and Vinny Prospal,
the Rangers lost forward Alexander Frolov to a knee injury sustained during
Saturday’s win against St. Louis. Due to the injury, Frolov will miss the
remainder of the season and join the Rangers’ prodigious injury list.
To fill the gaps left by these injuries, Rangers General
Manager Glen Sather traded veteran defenseman Michal Roszival to the Phoenix
Coyotes for forward Wojtek Wolski. Wolski, a 6-3, 215 lb. forward, has had an
off-year so far this season. The 24-year old has been a prolific goal-scorer in
the past, however, so the Rangers can expect good things from him. Hopefully a
change of scenery will be just what he needs to get back to his previous
The Habs are dealing with injuries to defensemen Josh Gorges
and Andrei Markov, both on the injured reserve. Also, forward Michael
Cammalleri, historically extremely successful against the Rangers, will be
missing tonight’s game due to illness.
This game should be a real thriller, as it is the first
meeting between the two clubs this season. Make sure to tune in to the game and
Wolski’s Rangers debut!