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Canadiens vs Rangers game thread

The conference leading Habs face last year's conference finals opponent, the New York Rangers at home as they look to get off to their best start in 53 years.

Richard Wolowicz

Nathan Beaulieu and Michael Bournival have both been sent down to Hamilton. The Killer B's played a key role in the Bulldog's 4-1 win over the Marlies (it's hard for me to not call them the Newmarket Saints) last night. So chill out right now because they're not dressing.

You can freak out because Sekac is a scratch again. Two games in a row and it leads to all sorts of speculation - are they showcasing Moen for a trade? Is Sekac injured? Is he in structure originally constructed for the purpose of lodging a canine? Who knows? What I do know is that a lot of people are going to wonder why and a lot more people will wonder why if the Habs lose tonight.

In short (TL: DR) same lineup as against the Red Wings.

The Rangers lineup sees the return of Quebec Rempart and Montreal native, Anthony Duclair. I love Duclair and would have been very happy had the Habs drafted him or teammate Adam Erne in the 2013 draft. Both had some discipline issues in their draft year, but Duclair seems to have put that behind him and is having a decent start with 3 assists in his first 5 NHL games.

Another Blueshirt off to a great start is Rick Nash - an early contender for the Cy Young award - who has 8 goals and 1 assist in 7 games. This is the sort of output I always hoped for when I drafted Nash in fantasy hockey. I gave up the dream this year and here he is on fire.

Game starts at 7 PM Eastern tonight and that start will be preceded by a coordinated Ottawa-Toronto-Montreal tribute to honour the two soldiers who lost their lives earlier this week in Canada. 2014 has certainly been a troubling year.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM ET.  You can watch:

In Canada (English): City TV
In Canada (French): TVA Sports
In New York: MSG
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec PA Parenteau
Rene Bourque Lars Eller Dale Weise
Brandon Prust Manny Malhotra Travis Moen
Left Defense
Right Defense
Alexei Emelin
P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov
Tom Gilbert
Jarred Tinordi Mike Weaver
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratches: Jiri Sekac

As for the New York Rangers, they'll break down the walls with:

New York Rangers Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Rick Nash
Kevin Hayes
Chris Kreider
Martin St. Louis Derick Brassard
Mats Zuccarello
Anthony Duclair Dominic Moore
Carl Hagelin
Lee Stempniak Chris Mueller Tanner Glass
Left Defense
Right Defense
Dan Girardi Ryan McDonagh
Kevin Klein Marc Staal
Matt Hunwick John Moore
Henrik Lundqvist
Cam Talbot

Injured: Derek Stepan, Dan Boyle

Scratches: Ryan Malone, Mike Kostka

Check out the opposing side at Blueshirt Banter