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

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Montreal plays the final game of a season-opening road trip, hoping to return to the Bell Centre on a high.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

It was a difficult night for the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday in the first of back-to-back games. Alex Ovechkin’s quick start helped to chase Carey Price after just one period, and the Habs were unable to bounce back after being trounced in the opening few minutes.

Henrik Lundqvist was also limited to just 20 minutes of action after surrendering five goals to the Toronto Maple Leafs. While the New York Rangers were able to come back and tie the game with Ondrej Pavelec between the pipes, the Leafs scored the last three goals in an 8-5 win.

Both teams will be looking to bounce back in a big way, so tonight’s matchup should be an entertaining one with players fully engaged.

The Habs will also be looking to prove that they are a better team than the one that fell to the Rangers in six games in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was the goaltenders who stole the show throughout that series, and a similar storyline should be expected from the opposing netminders tonight.

The increased animosity may lead to more power plays, giving Montreal ample opportunity to score a first power-play goal this season. They had excellent movement in a furious second-period showing last night, so perhaps tonight is the night Jonathan Drouin, Shea Weber, and co. break out on the man advantage.

The Canadiens have made two moves for tonight’s game, removing Mark Streit and Ales Hemsky from the lineup, and replacing them with Brandon Davidson and Torrey Mitchell.

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

How to watch

In Canada: SN1 (English), RDS (French)
In the United States: NHLN-US, MSG+
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Game Centre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montréal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Jonathan Drouin Alex Galchenyuk
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Ales Hemsky
Paul Byron Phillip Danault Andrew Shaw
Charles Hudon Jacob de la Rose Brendan Gallagher

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Karl Alzner Jeff Petry
Joe Morrow Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

New York Rangers projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Chris Kreider Mika Zibanejad Pavel Buchnevich
Rick Nash Filip Chytil Mats Zuccarello
Michael Grabner Kevin Hayes J.T. Miller
Jimmy Vesey David Desharnais Paul Carey

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ryan McDonagh Kevin Shattenkirk
Brady Skjei Brendan Smith
Marc Staal Anthony DeAngelo

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Henrik Lundqvist
Ondrej Pavelec