Hockey Night In Canada For The Rangers

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Rangers-Marian Gaborik: After leading the Rangers---and ranking third in the NHL---with 41 goals a year ago, Gaborik once again leads the team with seven through 16 games this season. While that is a respectable total, the Rangers need even more offensive production from their Slovak sniper, especially now that Rick Nash is missing from the lineup. Consistency has escaped Gaborik so far in 2013 as he has scored in only four games this season---he had one three-goal game and another two-goal outing to go along with a pair of one-goal games.He has one goal in his last six games, and just two in the previous 11 matches, but is coming off a strong performance in Ottawa Thursday when he was the Rangers best offensive player---not only leading the club with seven shots on goal, but firing a pair off of the post in the Rangers' 3-2 loss to the Senators. It will be interesting to see if Gaborik can build on that good showing when the Rangers play in another tough road building tonight in Montreal.

 

Canadiens-Max Pacioretty: After a painfully slow start to the 2013 season Pacioretty has caught fire and is on an offensive tear for Montreal. Pacioretty has recorded points in four straight games, totaling seven points (4-3-7) in that span, and has scored all four of his goals this season in the past three games---including the game-tying tally in Montreal's eventual 3-1 win at The Garden this past Tuesday night. Coming off a 33-goal, 65-point breakout season a year ago, it was only a matter of time before Pacioretty hit his stride this year. Unfortunately for the Rangers it comes in the midst of them facing Pacioretty and the Canadiens twice in a five-day span.