Saturday, March 4, 2017

Radulov out of Lineup for Montreal against Rangers

The Montreal Canadiens will be without No.2 scorer Alexander Radulov for Saturday night's tilt at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.

The 30-year-old forward has chipped in 15 goals and 31 assists for the Habs this year, including 16 points on the power play. His injury is not considered serious.

Stepping into the lineup for the first place Canadiens are Steve Ott and Andreas Martinsen, two players the Habs acquired at the NHL trade deadline this week.

Montreal has won four games in a row after starting at 1-2-0 under head coach Claude Julien.

Goalie Carey Price has also been running hot again of late. He has gone 3-0 in his last three games with a .965 Save Percentage and a 0.98 GAA. The Canadiens credit some defensive adjustments that have been made since Julien took over for the better team defense.

Tonight's test against the Rangers, the third-highest scoring team in the NHL with 209 goals, could be a preview of the first round of the NHL Playoffs. The Rangers currently sit in fourth place in the Metropolitan, two points behind the Penguins. If they finish in that slot and the Canadiens win the Atlantic, the two teams will meet in the playoffs for the first time since the Conference Finals of 2014.