Read: The Habs say they have moved on from the playoff loss to the Rangers

Montreal goalie Carey Price repeatedly said yesterday that he is not approaching tonight’s game against the Rangers any different from any other game and when asked if he had this game circled he said, “not even a little bit.” (MTL)

Price added that he isn’t focused on Chris Kreider or any individual on any team, the main focus is winning the game. (MTL)

Lars Eller said, “we should be motivated, everyone will be geared up for the game. What is in the past is in the past but we certainly don’t want to lose to these guys one more time.” (MTL)

Michel Therrien said many times yesterday that the Rangers were deserving of going to the Stanley Cup Final and that they are a solid team with a strong defense and good goaltending.

He added that no one will ever know how the series would have turned out if Carey Price didn’t get injured. (MTL)

Read: Ryan McDonagh tops the list of players the Habs let go

Ryan McDonaghRyan McDonagh is at the top of the list of players who were part of the Montreal Canadiens organization but are now playing elsewhere. (Montreal Gazette)

Pat Hickey says that McDonagh would look nice as PK Subban’s defense partner and that McDonagh was used as a “throw-in” in the deal that sent Scott Gomez to Montreal. (Montreal Gazette)

Montreal GM Bob Gainey, according to Hickey, “wrote McDonagh off” after watching him at Wisconsin. Hickey says that the night Gainey saw McDonagh must have been one of McDonagh’s rare “off-nights.”  (Montreal Gazette)

For a lot more on McDonagh’s trade to the Rangers, click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

 

Read: What Chris Kreider told Kevin Hayes about the NHL

Chris Kreider HandDuring the 2011-12 season, Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider were linemates at Boston College with Hayes sometimes shifting to center. (Inside College Hockey)

Hayes said that when he played with Kreider they were a “power line” that brought the puck to the net. (Rangers)

He and Kreider spent the 2010-11 season as linemates along with Hayes’ brother Jimmy before Kevin got hurt. (Rangers)

Hayes says, “Kreids was my linemate the year we won the National Championship and I know he will show my the ropes and I will follow him.” (Rangers)

On Kreider being with the Rangers, Hayes says that it’s nice to have a familiar face and just like at BC, Kreider is someone that he can go to with any questions or concerns. (NY Post)

Hayes says that Kreider told him the most important thing is to be consistent so that the coaches can know what to expect game in and game out. (NY Post)

Kreider told Hayes to come to him with questions and Kreider would tell him who to talk to about getting an answer. (NY Post)

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments after practice today (On Anthony Duclair and MTL)

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today following Rangers practice (NYR):

  • On Anthony Duclair in MTL, “I will definitely talk to him, I am expecting some free suits from him. His uncle has this great place where they make these good looking suits and I figure that since I coached his first game and I will coach his first game in Montreal, I am expecting two free suits with the shirt and tie combo.”
  • That was the sole motivation, “that’s it baby, I am just looking for free suits out of this. (laughs) He has already been told by a few people that they expect suits…no, he has worked really hard this last week to 10 days, he is going to be real excited about this and he just needs to go out an enjoy this. I remember a long long time ago, my first game at the Forum, everyone around me was real excited and the whole family was there and it was a great moment for myself and family and friends and it will be the same for him.”

To read more of this story, click here

Marty St. Louis’ early season report card, presented by Long Island University

Long Island UniversityMarty St. Louis has one goal this season but six points total and points in five of the Rangers seven games.

St. Louis has 10 shots on goal, 4 attempts that were blocked and five that missed the net.

Two of his five assists have been primary assists and he is starting 61.8% of his even strength shifts in the offensive zone. (Hockey Reference)

Asked about his point production, St. Louis said that he tries to create and score when he can but overall he just plays his game. (NYR)

Joe Micheletti said on MSG that moving back to the wing provides him the space he needs to make plays. Joe added that Marty’s anticipation and hockey sense when he doesn’t have the puck allows him to get into position to get the puck and then create plays.

Dave Maloney said that St. Louis is a first ballot Hall of Famer who does a lot of good things on the ice for the Rangers.

Grade: B

Read: Pierre McGuire on Rick Nash and how he has gotten his game back

Rick Nash

10/24/14 | 12:53PM: Nash aid that he tried to get faster and stronger this summer so he could keep up with the younger players. He said that he did a lot of running and stuff to increase his foot speed. He said that he did more track work than bike work. (ESPN.com)

10/23/14 | 6:38PM: Through seven games, Rick Nash is tied with Corey Perry for the league lead with 8 goals.

After scoring his seventh goal of the season on Sunday, Rick Nash told Stan Fischler on MSG that things are “going right now” for him and while it’s fun, “I think true character comes out when you struggle.”

Asked what has changed in Nash this season, Pierre McGuire was on TSN1050 on Monday and said, “he is healthy, he is not dealing with concussion related syndrome. Last year there were times on the ice, I swear, where he didn’t have any equilibrium, he would skate over the blue line and fall. I am convinced, and I don’t have any medial proof, that he was not 100% right last year even though he says that he was. You see him this year and he is strong on the puck, driving through people, driving around people, driving to the net, fearless in his approach to the game. The biggest thing with Rick is keeping it between the rails with his health. He was fantastic again yesterday.”

For more on Nash’s start to the season, click HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.