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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Canadiens 12.06.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

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The Rangers play their 28th game of the 2019-20 season and conclude a back-to-back set tonight, December 6, against the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden. New York has earned at least one point in six of the last seven games (5-1-1 record) and has won six of the last nine games (6-2-1 record). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 11 of the last 15 games (9-4-2 record), in 13 of the last 18 games (11-5-2 record), and in 15 of the last 21 games (12-6-3 record).


  • All-Time: 197-334-94-5 (130-128-54-2 at home; 67-206-40-3 on the road) 
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the second of three meetings between the Rangers and Canadiens, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following their 6-5 win on Nov. 23 at Montreal. The Blueshirts rallied from a 4-0 deficit, as well as a 5-3 deficit in the third period, to win the game. Six Rangers registered two points in the contest, and Brendan Lemieux tallied two goals in the game. New York was 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and tallied a shorthanded goal in the contest. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Canadiens will face each other on the following date: Feb. 27 (at Montreal). 
  • Nine of the last 21 meetings between the Rangers and Canadiens have resulted in a shutout for one of the two teams, dating back to Feb. 23, 2013. 
  • Eight of the last 10 meetings between New York and Montreal have been decided by two or fewer goals, and four of those contests have been decided by one goal. 


  • Benoit Allaire served as Goaltending Coach with the Canadiens for one season (1996-97). 
  • Max Domi is the son of former Ranger Tie Domi, who played parts of three seasons with the Blueshirts (1990-91 - 1992-93). 
  • Brendan Lemieux's father, Claude Lemieux, played parts of seven seasons with Montreal (1983-84 - 1989-90) and helped the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in 1985-86. 
  • Ryan Lindgren and Charlie Lindgren, a goaltender in the Canadiens' organization who is currently playing with the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League (AHL), are brothers. 
  • Brendan Smith and Tomas Tatar were teammates in the Red Wings organization for parts of seven seasons (2010-11 - 2016-17). 
  • Jacob Trouba and Ben Chiarot were teammates with the Jets for parts of six seasons (2013-14 - 2018-19). Trouba, Chiarot, and Joel Armia were all teammates with the Jets for parts of three seasons (2015-16 - 2017-18). In addition, Trouba, Chiarot, Armia, and Brendan Lemieux were all teammates with the Jets for part of one season (2017-18). 
  • Brendan Lemieux and Joel Armia were part of the same trade in which they were traded from the Buffalo Sabres to the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 11, 2015.  


  • Henrik Lundqvist - 38 GP, 16-18-3, 2.80 GAA, .902 SV%, 3 SO - Lundqvist has earned a win in five of his last six appearances against Montreal (regular-season and playoffs included), and he has posted a 1.61 GAA, a .948 SV% (181 saves on 191 shots), and 1 SO in the six contests. 
  • Mika Zibanejad - 25 GP, 8-6-14 - Zibanejad has registered a point in four of his last six games against the Canadiens (three goals, four assists) and in five of his last nine contests against Montreal (four goals, four assists). 
  • Chris Kreider - 20 GP, 4-6-10 - Kreider has tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last 10 games against Montreal. 
  • Ryan Strome - 14 GP, 3-7-10 - Strome has recorded a point in five of his last six games against Montreal (two goals, five assists). 
  • Brady Skjei - 10 GP, 2-6-8 - Skjei has posted back-to-back multi-assist/point games against Montreal (four assists). 
  • Artemi Panarin - 10 GP, 3-4-7 - Panarin has tallied a goal in each of his last two games against Montreal (two goals, one assist). 
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 9 GP, 3-2-5 - Buchnevich has tallied four points (three goals, one assist) in his last six games against Montreal. 
  • Jacob Trouba - 11 GP, 1-4-5 - Trouba has tallied an assist in each of his last four games against Montreal (one goal, four assists). 
  • Brendan Lemieux - 4 GP, 4-0-4 - Lemieux has registered a goal/point in each of his last three games against the Canadiens, and he tied single-game career-highs with two goals and two points on Nov. 23, 2019 at Montreal. Lemieux has registered more goals against Montreal than against any other opponent in his NHL career. 
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