The New York Rangers Fall to the 1st Place Montreal Canadiens 3-1
For the New York Rangers to remain in the playoff hunt in the NHL's latest installment of the lockout shortened season, they'll need to remain healthy and durable. Unfortunately, the team is currently dealing with injuries to forwards Rick Nash and Darroll Powe. Powe was placed on IR Tuesday morning and Nash is dealing with an unspecified injury. According to ESPN, when Rangers coach John Tortorella was asked about a possible injury, he declined to comment specifically on the cause of the DNP.
The Rangers are relying on Nash to play very well this season. They acquired Nash this offseason for a package of prospects, hoping that he could become the face of their franchise.
The Rangers played Montreal close up until the third period, as each team scored a goal in the second period. Montreal scored early in the third and again later on an empty net goal.
Montreal netted their 11th win on the year, and sit in first place in the Eastern Conference. They are currently on a 5 game winning streak, and face the Rangers again on Saturday.
An interesting stat that may come in to play during the Ranger's season is goal differential. As of now, they are only at +1 for the year, tied for worst of the current playoff teams in the East. The Tampa Bay Lightning have put together a +10 goal differential this season, and are only 2 points behind the Rangers.
Hopefully for the Rangers, Nash can return quickly from his mysterious injury. New York will face the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night as they look to remain in the playoff chase.