Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 11/19/11

The New York Rangers will not only be seeking their eighth straight win tonight in Montreal, but they will also be looking to make franchise history as well. The Blueshirts have not won eight consecutive games in 37 years, as the last time they succeeded in the accomplishment was in 1975. Because of this, tonight's contest against the Canadiens will put a little more pressure on the Rangers than any other game during this winning streak has. Depending on how they approach it, that could play into the Rangers' favor or work against them. It should be an interesting night for sure, either way. 

New York has had three days off since their last win over the rival Islanders, 4-2, on Tuesday night at the Coliseum. The last thing you want during a winning streak is to have games stretched out like this, because it could very well screw with the mojo and interfere with the team's flow. At the same time, however, if the team is able to play just as well after the break as they did before, then it says something about the club's character. In my opinion, if the Rangers are as good as they've appeared to be in their last few games, then they will come out even harder tonight than they did on Tuesday. 

The Canadiens will be no pushover of an opponent, though. They've won six of their last ten since getting off to a horrid start at the beginning of the season, and are coming off an aggravating loss to the Islanders on Thursday. Now in front of their home crowd, they will desperately want to answer back after that loss and end the Rangers' winning streak in the process. They are going to really bring it in the early going in this game and the Rangers need to be prepared for that. 

Once the Rangers can get through the first few minutes, it would be best for them to get their forecheck going and get on the board early. The Montreal crowd is not one the Habs players will want to face if they go down early after losing to the Isles, but that would also create the ideal situation for the Blueshirts. Sometimes the crowd doesn't have as big of an impact as you would think they would, but in Montreal you better believe they have an impact on the team's emotions. 

Head coach John Tortorella would not specify anything about the Rangers' lineup yesterday in practice, but I would expect it to look the same as it did against the Isles earlier in the week. Defenseman Anton Stralman is still far from being ready according to the coach, so there will be no changes there on defense. 

On offense, Brad Richards was reunited with his mates Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan on Tuesday, and played very well there. I would expect that to remain constant in this game, because they are going to need secondary scoring to kick in against the Habs, and that line is the go-to in that scenario. 

And for the Canadiens, defenseman Hal Gill will not be in the lineup tonight after being hospitalized for the flu. That's a big loss on D for Montreal that the Rangers should take advantage of. 

New York Rangers (Probable) Lineup

Marty Biron will get the start in net tonight for the Rangers, most likely due to the fact that Henrik Lundqvist has previously struggled at the Bell Centre. Remainder of lineup will be up later.

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