Montreal (22-10-6) at NY Rangers (24-14-3), 7:30 p.m. EST
NEW YORK (Ticker) — Before heading out on a five-game road
swing, Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers will look for
their third straight home win when they face the Montreal
Canadiens on Wednesday.
Lundqvist made 27 saves Monday to record his first shutout of
the season as the Rangers cruised to a 4-0 victory over the
Pittsburgh Penguins, who eliminated New York from the 2008
Stanley Cup playoffs in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The 26-year-old Lundqvist, who had an NHL-best 10 blankings in
2007-08, has posted a 20-11-3 record with a 2.59 goals-against
average and .911 save percentage this campaign.
The Canadiens already managed to get the best of the Swedish
netminder this season, cruising to a 6-2 triumph over the
Rangers on December 4.
Montreal is seeking its fifth win in six games. On Sunday,
Andrei Kostitsyn scored a pair of goals and defenseman Andrei
Markov netted the lone tally of the shootout in a 6-5 triumph
over the Florida Panthers.
Markov, fellow blue-liner Mike Komisarek, goaltender Carey Price
and right wing Alexei Kovalev were voted into the starting
lineup for the East for this season’s All-Star Game, which will
be played at the Bell Centre on January 25.