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Price to rest against Rangers
The Canadiens (16-5-1), winners of eight of their last nine games, will give starting goalie Carey Price a break, and turn to backup Dustin Tokarski against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. It was Tokarski who had to replace an injured Price in last season’s Eastern Conference final, a series New York won.
Price led the Canadiens to a 2-0 shutout victory over the Boston Bruins Saturday with a 33-save shutout performance. He also defeated the Rangers in the first meeting between the two clubs this year, making 34 saves in a 3-1 at the Bell Centre on Oct. 25. Tokarski is 3-1-0 with a 1.21 GAA in four starts this season. He also had a 2.60 GAA for the playoff series against the Rangers.
The Rangers (8-7-4) had their game against the Buffalo Sabres postponed because of the severe storm in the Western New York area. New York snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday on the strength of Cam Talbot’s 31-save night.
Daniel Sedin hits 1,000 games
The Canucks hope Daniel Sedin’s 1,000th game will be a winning one as they take on the surging Chicago Blackhawks. Sedin is tied with twin brother Henrik for the team lead with 20 points, six of which have come in the last four games. Vancouver (13-6-1) had a nice little winning streak going before losing 4-3 in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. The Canucks lost more than a game as defenceman Dan Hamhuis suffered a serious lower-body injury.
The Blackhawks (12-7-1) are off to a great start of their six-game road trip, winning the first two games. They absolutely destroyed the lowly Edmonton Oilers 7-1 on Saturday night. Jonathan Toews scored twice and Marian Hossa posted four points, giving him seven in the last three games.
Jets need to pick up offence
The Jets (10-8-3) look to bump up their record at home to above .500. The 4-3 loss they suffered to Detroit on Thursday dropped them to 4-4-1 at MTS Centre. The Jets, who’ve lost three of their last four games, are not getting much offence from key players. Point leader Blake Wheeler hasn’t registered a point in three games. No. 2 Andrew Ladd has only two points in seven games, while No. 3 scorer Bryan Little is in the midst of a seven-game point drought.
The Blues (13-6-1) will try and salvage a split as they conclude a four-game road trip. St. Louis rebounded from a rough loss in Montreal to beat Ottawa 3-2 on Saturday night. The Jets must pay particular attention to Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored his team-leading 12th goal against the Senators.