NHL Preview: Canadiens at Rangers on January 15th
NHL PREVIEW: CANADIENS AT RANGERS ON JANUARY 15th - The Rangers are at home Sunday against the Canadiens at 5 p.m. EST.
The Rangers are looking to get a three-game winning streak going after a thrilling finish against the Dallas Stars. K'Andre Miller scored the game-tying goal with 2 seconds left that sent the game into overtime. Adam Fox sent the Stars packing with a goal in overtime to win the game, 2-1.
The Rangers are on a roll. Let's get to tonight's matchup.
Three Players to Watch
Fox has had a sensational year thus far. He has scored 9 points in his last 6 games, and he is looking to continue that streak on Sunday.
His stats this season are impressive: 9 goals, 35 assists, and 45 points this season. The defenseman is likely the favorite to win the Norris Trophy.
Mika is a crucial piece to the team. He's tied with Kreider for the most goals scored by a ranger this season (19), But he's been cold lately. He doesn't have a single goal in his last four games and has only recorded a measly two points.
Look for Mika to have a bounce-back game against the Canadiens this Sunday.
Kreider is still dealing with an upper-body injury and is likely to be out Sunday. Alexis Lafrenière is expected to be once again on the top line.
Lafrenière has not recorded a goal in 14 games, but he should have plenty of chances on the line against the Canadiens. I'm watching Lafrenière closely in this one.
Key to Success for the Canadiens
Cole has been having a great season; he is a threat in every game and is tied for 10th in the league in goals with 25 already.
Last time he played the Rangers, the team held him to zero goals and points, with only one shot on goal. This has to happen if the Rangers want a shot at their third win in a row.
Suzuki has had a very solid season. The team captain has 15 goals and 35 points this season. Last time Suzuki played the Rangers, he had zero goals, points, and shots on goal.
Dach has recently matched his career point total of 26. In his young career, he has improved fast.
In his most recent game, he had 1 goal, 1 assist, and 2 points, and he will absolutely be a player the Rangers need to keep an eye on during this game.
Igor’s Three Game Hot Streak
Igor Shesterkin is hot right now with a 900+ save percentage in his last three games. Shesterkin is 2-0-0 against the Canadians in his career.
If Jaroslav Halak starts Sunday, he's had a very good career against the Canadiens, with a save percentage of over 910% and a 7-4-0 record against them.
Rangers will be without Kreider (upper body) and Gauthier, who is also dealing with an upper-body injury.
Jake Leschyshyn is expected to make his start, replacing Gauthier.
I have the New York Rangers in this one. They're hot heading into this game, and they're at home. I absolutely see Mika having a bounce-back game; he’s the player to watch.