Author: James O'Brien

Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers

WATCH LIVE: Canadiens at Rangers

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NBCSN kicks off what should be an entertaining double-header of games as the New York Rangers host the Montreal Canadiens. You can watch the game on NBCSN and also stream it online via the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.


Want to get ready for the game? Check out the links below.

Game notes

Game preview

NHL on NBCSN: Faltering Kings face rival Blackhawks

Drew Doughty, Patrick Sharp

NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign with Wednesday’s second game as the Los Angeles Kings host the Chicago Blackhawks at the Staples Center at 10:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

While they would prefer to sit atop the Central Division, things are basically business as usual for the Chicago Blackhawks, who visit the Los Angeles Kings to wrap up Wednesday’s Rivalry Night action.

(Click here to read about the Washington Capitals hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins.)

Things aren’t quite as casual for the Kings, however. It’s true that Los Angeles has made a habit of grabbing an unimpressive playoff spot and running with it, but this season may just push that limit.

The Kings are currently sitting at ninth place in the West, three points behind the Calgary Flames for the West’s wild card spot. Sports Club Stats gives them slightly worse than a coin flip’s chance at making the playoffs, for what it’s worth. They may have a game in hand on Calgary, but the Flames hold the kind of tiebreakers (six more wins, four more in regulation/overtime) that give a quick argument for how much Los Angeles needs to improve.

Not that the Blackhawks are likely to take the Kings lightly, mind you.

Most obviously, Chicago remembers all too well falling to Los Angeles in that memorable 2014 Western Conference final series.

Beyond that, the Kings have been very tough at home, sporting a 15-6-6 record at the Staples Center. Considering how well-rested this group is (as opposed to Blackhawks team that almost sent a starting lineup to the All-Star Game), we should see the best Los Angeles has to offer tonight.

The Kings play their first game since sending Mike Richards to the AHL. Martin Jones is available to play if Los Angeles wants to move away from struggling starter Jonathan Quick. Corey Crawford is expected to be in Chicago’s net.

The Blackhawks took the first meeting between these teams, handling the Kings 4-1 in Los Angeles on Nov. 29. They face a far more desperate opponent tonight, however.

Vancouver’s just another city to Kesler now

Vancouver Canucks v Anaheim Ducks

The scoreboard didn’t scream “drama” between the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks last night, as the Ducks handily won 4-0. It sounds like Ryan Kesler’s over his former link to the city, too.

Despite spending the first 10 years of his NHL career with the Canucks, Kesler essentially referred to Vancouver as just another of the 29 stops he’ll visit whenever the Ducks are away from Anaheim.

Here is what he told TSN 1040’s Stu Walters:

As you can see from the video on his hit on Derek Dorsett (which left the grinding forward with an upper-body injury), Kesler was full of unfriendly statements on Tuesday.

One can excuse Vancouver crowds if they still take notice of the 30-year-old, though.