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The Rangers need more from Brad Richards on the power play

The Rangers need more from Brad Richards on the power play

When: Saturday, November 19, 7:00 p.m.

Opponent: @ Montreal (8-8-3)



UPDATE: Martin Biron will start for the Rangers.  (12:02 p.m.)


EARLIER: 1974.  That was the last time the New York Rangers won eight games in a row. 

The streak came just after Christmas, between December 27, 1974 and January 11, 1975, so long ago that two of New York’s opponents – the Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies – aren’t even in existence anymore, as Andrew Gross points out.

To match that run, the Blueshirts will need to stay focused on the task at hand and play a solid 60-minute game, especially in Montreal against the Canadiens where New York has struggled in recent years.

“If we're going to have a chance against Montreal, we're going to have to play better than we did against the Islanders," Coach John Tortorella said on Thursday.

The Canadiens got off to an awful 1-5-2 start, but Montreal has picked up its play recently and now sit just two points behind the eighth place Ottawa Senators.

The Rangers have already beaten Montreal once during their win streak, but that was at Madison Square Garden in Sean Avery’s return.  New York got off to a flying start in the game, outshooting Montreal 16-3 during the first period and racing ahead to a 3-0 lead.  The game also featured some early fireworks after Canadiens’ defenseman Mike Blunden clobbered Brandon Dubinsky with a clean check that led to a trio of fights.

But over the last three seasons the Blueshirts are just 1-4-1 in Montreal and Henrik Lundqvist admitted to Jim Cerny that the Bell Centre can be a difficult place to play:

"Sometimes I think you can get drawn too much into the atmosphere there," he said.

One way the Rangers could gain an edge would be if they started producing on the power play.

Even in New York’s 5-3 victory over Montreal on November 5, the Blueshirts went just one-for-nine on the man advantage.

The team has continued to struggle and has converted just three of its last 27 power play chances.  It’s remarkable that the Rangers have been able to string together so many victories without much success on the man advantage, but at some point that will burn the Blueshirts.

Lundqvist and Martin Biron have ceded just 11 goals during the win streak and although the Rangers have been scoring more lately, they can’t continue to depend on their goalies to allow two or fewer goals per game.

New York has a chance to match history with a victory and if the Blueshirts receive a little help, they could even find themselves sitting atop the Eastern Conference by night’s end.


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Posted by Kevin Baumer | November 19, 2011 at 01:11 am

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