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

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The Habs are set to play their second game under Claude Julien, and they'll be desperate for a win

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

Following a tough debut as his second stint behind Montreal's bench, Claude Julien will be eager to earn a win, and put an end to the Habs' current slide.

There won't be many changes compared to the lineup we saw on Saturday afternoon versus the Jets, except that Greg Pateryn will earn a showcase spot on the third pairing.

According to Frank Seravalli, Pateryn is definitely on the trade market, and we could see him move relatively soon.

The Habs are facing a Rangers club that has recently hit a stride. Although they're only sitting in a wildcard spot, the Rangers have earned seven more points than the Habs, thanks to a 7-3-0 record in their last 10 games played. It's also worth noting New York currently sports an incredibly impressive +44 goal difference. Montreal, however, is trending in the opposite direction, thanks to only two regulation wins in their last 10 games.

Carey Price gets the start for the Habs, whereas Henrik Lundqvist gets the call for New York.

How to watch

Puck drop: 7 PM EST / 4 PM PST
In Canada: Sportsnet East(English), RDS (French), MSG (New York)
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecenter Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal 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

Scratched: Sven Andrighetto, David Desharnais , Nikita Nesterov.

New York Rangers projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Evander Kane Jack Eichel Jason Pominville
Benoit Pouliot Ryan O'Reilly Kyle Okposo
Zemgus Girgensons Sam Reinhart Seth Griffith
Johan Larsson Jacob Josefson Jordan Nolan

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Nick Holden
Brady Skjei Kevin Klein

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Henrik Lundqvist
Antti Raanta