It was supposed to be a night to remember. The New York Rangers were finally returning home after a long nine-game road trip to open up the season. Madison Square Garden was open after long renovations and the fans were supposed to have the place rocking. But the home team never gave the fans anything to cheer about.
Every team in the NHL seems to have an opponent who just always has their number, and for the Rangers that team is the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers have gone over three games without scoring a goal against the Canadiens. That is just a crazy stat that in the last nine periods against the Montreal no Ranger has found the back of the net. The Rangers had some high-quality scoring chances but couldn’t solve backup goalie Peter Budaj.
The Rangers needed their power play to click, but it just couldn’t. With so little chances coming during five-on-five opportunities the power play needed to generate the majority of the scoring chances. It didn’t going 0-for-5 on the night. It looked a lot like the Ranger power play we have witnessed over the last few years. Chris Kreider played another strong game but once again could not finish. In his first shift he fired a shot off a rebound that hit Budaj and then the post before going to the corner. The Rangers should get a boost with Carl Hagelin returning soon.
It is clear the Rangers are going to struggle to score goals without Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan for the time being, but they have to find a way to finish when they get their scoring chances unlike last night.