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Canadiens vs. Rangers: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

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The Habs play their final game of a homestand before heading out for another road trip.

New York Rangers v Montreal Canadiens - Game Five Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens wrap up a three-game homestand tonight before heading out on the road for the next four. The final visitor of their sequence at the Bell Centre will be the 3-6-2 New York Rangers.

The Canadiens should be able to take advantage of what has been one of the weakest defensive teams in the NHL so far, but that wasn’t the case in their first matchup with the Rangers this season, as they fell 2-0 to Henrik Lundqvist and co.

The netminder won’t get a chance to replicate that performance tonight as Ondrej Pavelec takes the crease for the second consecutive game after recording a victory over the Arizona Coyotes in his last outing.

For the Canadiens, the loss of Nikita Scherbak to injury means that Torrey Mitchell draws back into the lineup. He takes that spot over Jacob de la Rose.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT

How to watch

In Canada: Sportsnet One, Sportsnet Now, City (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the United States: NHL Network, MSG
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL GameCentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Nikita Scherbak Phillip Danault Artturi Lehkonen
Alex Galchenyuk Jonathan Drouin Brendan Gallagher
Paul Byron Jacob de la Rose Logan Shaw
Nicolas Deslauriers Byron Froese Andrew Shaw

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jordie Benn Jeff Petry
Karl Alzner Noah Juulsen
Mike Reilly David Schlemko

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Joe Morrow, Jacob de la Rose
Injured: David Schlemko (hand), Nikita Scherbak (leg)

New York Rangers projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Brad Marchand Riley Nash David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk David Krejci Rick Nash
Tommy Wingels David Backes Brian Gionta
Tim Schaller Sean Kuraly Noel Acciari

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Kevan Miller
Nick Holden Brandon Carlo

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin