by Patrick Hoffman on 11/19/11 at 12:45 PM ET
The New York Rangers will be looking for their eighth straight win tonight when they take on the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal tonight.
In their previous meeting, the Blueshirts rode a 3-goal first period en route to a 5-3 win at Madison Square Garden. Considering that the Canadiens are not playing in a back-to-back situation, this has the potential to be a very different hockey game.
It should also be a different game for the Blueshirts because of how much they have struggled at the Bell Centre. The club is 1-4-2 in their last six visits and have played extremely sloppy hockey there, especially in front of netminder Henrikl Lundqvist.
However, this might also be a much different Rangers’ team. The Rangers are in the midst of a 7-game winning streak in which they have gotten contributions from all areas of the ice and have once again found their identity, which is a hard working hockey club that never gives up and does what it needs to do to win.
It should be a dandy tonight, folks. Nothing like a Saturday night hockey tilt, especially in Montreal. I have to admit that that place looks like one heckuva arena to watch a game from with all its fans, traditions and general atmosphere.
Should the Rangers get off to a quick start tonight, that arena will quiet down in a hurry and become a place that the Rangers can handle.
Here is to eight straight.
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