Rangers at Canadiens.
Big news out of Montreal today, where the Canadiens are saying goalie Carey Price is out for the series with that apparent knee injury he suffered in Game 1, when Chris Kreider slid into him. And of course there’s the usual idiocy and homerism claiming Kreider purposely ran him over and knocked him out of the series. Absurd. It was a hockey play.
Anyway, Kreider’s going to probably have to defend himself at some point in this series, whenever a game gets out of hand, or after an empty-netter.
Obviously, when you get to playoffs, coaches and players put up smokescreens, try to create false rallying cries, and the Habs are all over this one.
At any rate, it’s been reported that rookie Dustin Tokarski will get the start over backup Peter Budaj.
The officials will have eyes wide open for infractions around the net tonight, and if I’m Henrik Lundqvist, the first bump I’m going down in a heap and staying down until Jim Ramsay leaps off the bench. Get a double-minor or a major out of it. Why not?
The Rangers are likely to be without Derick Brassard, who was on the ice for the morning skate but didn’t participate in power-play drills or line rushes. Brassard suffered an apparent left shoulder or upper back injury when hit by Mike Weaver in Game 1. Of course, the Habs, their fans and reporters didn’t see anything wrong with that. And the Rangers certainly aren’t crying about it.
Ya boys have won four in a row, three of those on the road.
As you know, the Rangers have lost an NHL record 13 consecutive games when leading a series, and have lost 11 in a row immediately after taking a lead in a series. They have also lost eight straight Game 2s, five of those after winning Game 1, including both series this season.
It appeared in the morning skate that Daniel Carcillo would replace Brassard, with Dominic Moore moving up to Brassard’s spot between Mats Zuccarello and Benoit Pouliot, and Carcillo playing the wing on a fourth line with Brian Boyle sliding over to center and Derek Dorsett on the other wing. That would mean J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Justin Falk and Raphael Diaz would be prucha’d.
Alex Galchenyuk (knee) has been cleared for contact and could rejoin the Canadiens lineup.
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