The Habs have been making it interesting over the past couple games, with a big win over the Ducks on Tuesday followed by almost coming back from a 4-0 deficit in a 4-3 loss to the Red Wings in Detroit on Thursday night. The necessary injection of youth into the lineup has made for some good and bad moments, but definitely some more entertaining hockey.
The Rangers are a team the Habs have had a lot of success against in the regular season, and stand poised to sweep the season series tonight. The Rangers handed the Bruins their fifth loss in a row in a 5-2 win on Wednesday, and sit third in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers are a shoe-in for the playoffs, and are posturing for their spot, an enviable position for a team like the Habs who believed they'd be doing the same thing this time of year when the season began.
Lineup notes: Sven Andrighetto returns after missing three games with an upper body injury he sustained to Dion Phaneuf; Andrighetto will be taking Lucas Lessio's spot in the lineup, with Lessio removed due to an undisclosed injury; P.K. Subban is still out with his neck injury still lingering.
NHL Draft Lottery Probability: The Habs sit at 5% chance of drafting first overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft behind eight other teams with the Edmonton Oilers once again having the greatest chance of picking first overall right now at 20%.
The puck drops at 7:00 PM EDT.
How To Watch:
In Canada (French): TVA Sports
In Canada (English): Sportsnet
In the Rangers' region: MSG2
In the United States: NHL Network
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice, NHL.TV
|Max Pacioretty||Alex Galchenyuk||Paul Byron|
|Lars Eller||Tomas Plekanec||Sven Andrighetto|
|Stefan Matteau||David Desharnais||Michael McCarron|
|Torrey Mitchell||Phillip Danault||Mike Brown|
|Andrei Markov||Alexei Emelin|
|Nathan Beaulieu||Greg Pateryn|
Scratched: Jacob de la Rose
Injuries: Carey Price (lower body), Daniel Carr (lower body), Jeff Petry (lower body), Brian Flynn (lower body), Tom Gilbert (lower body), Brendan Gallagher (lower body), P.K. Subban (neck), Mark Barberio (concussion-like symptoms), Victor Bartley (lower body), Lucas Lessio (undisclosed)
|J.T. Miller||Derek Stepan||Mats Zuccarello|
|Kevin Hayes||Eric Staal||Jesper Fast|
|Tanner Glass||Dominic Moore||Viktor Stalberg|
|Ryan McDonagh||Kevin Klein|
|Keith Yandle||Dan Girardi|
|Marc Staal||Dan Boyle|
Scratched: Oscar Lindberg
Injuries: Dylan McIlrath (right knee)
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