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Canadiens vs Rangers game thread & lineups

The NHL leading Montreal Canadiens head to Madison Square Garden to knock the Blueshirts off Broadway

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL leading Montreal Canadiens has a very nice ring to it and the Canadiens have produced very good results in their past 9 games with the only hiccup being a 4-0 loss to the Pens. The Habs have passed the quarter mark of the season and have put themselves in a very good position going forward. Finishing off November with wins (or points) against New York and Buffalo (in a back-to-back) would be a wonderful thing for a team that seems to be hitting its stride.

The Habs have three strong lines which is a necessity with Michael Bournival out and the Habs dressing 7 D on a fairly regular basis. Bournival has resumed practicing with the team and could be a game time decision. Bournival's return to the line-up could give the Habs an extra dimension whether it means Prust seeing 4th line duty (and drastically improving the 4th line) or Bournival skating alongside Malhotra and adding speed to that line.

The Rangers had some early season injuries and they have a mediocre record to show for it. Ryan McDonagh has missed big gaps of time and so have Dan Boyle and Derek Stepan. While the Rangers will be without the services of McDonagh this evening, that is the only player they will be missing. This will be a slightly more dangerous team than the one that lost to Habs in October.

The Habs start Tokarski while New York counters with Lundqvist.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EST (8:30 PM In Newfoundland!)

In Canada: CITY-TV

In Quebec (French): RDS

In the Rangers region: MSG

In the US of A: NHLN-US

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Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais PA Parenteau
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Brandon Prust Lars Eller Jiri Sekac

Manny Malhotra Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov
P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin
Sergei Gonchar

Mike Weaver

Tom Gilbert

Bryan Allen
Dustin Tokarski
Carey Price

Scratched: Drayson Bowman, Nathan Beaulieu

Injured: Michael Bournival

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

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

Injured: Ryan McDonagh

Scratches: Jesper Fast

Check out the opposing side at Blueshirt Banter