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

The Canadiens' make a short trip to Madison Square Garden.

Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ New York Rangers

How to watch

Puck drop: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Islanders region: MSG
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

A win over the New York Islanders ensured the Canadiens' claim of never losing back-to-back games this season still rings true. After falling behind in the first, it was another win of the comeback variety for a team full of confidence.

One reason why that fact can be brought up so often is that the Canadiens haven't been able to string many wins together, either. Outside of a three-game winning streak, the Habs haven't won consecutive game either, and have been alternating wins and losses since mid-October.

Facing the New York Rangers offers an opportunity to break that pattern. After years of trading prospects in hopes of playoff success, the Rangers found themselves with few NHL-ready reinforcements, and have been slowly converting players into prospects in recent years.

The 2018-19 season finds them in a fairly non-competitive state, last in the Metropolitan Division, though still not out of playoff contention. The Rangers are by no means a team to take lightly, but the Canadiens have the better team at the moment, and should be favoured to earn another road victory tonight.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin Max Domi Andrew Shaw
Kenny Agostino Jesperi Kotkaniemi Artturi Lehkonen
Nicolas Deslauriers Matthew Peca Charles Hudon

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jordie Benn Jeff Petry
Mikey Reilly Karl Alzner
Xavier Ouellet Victor Mete

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

New York Rangers projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jeff Skinner Jack Eichel Jason Pominville
Conor Sheary Casey Mittelstadt Kyle Okposo
Vladimir Sobotka Evan Rodrigues Sam Reinhart
Patrik Burglund Johan Larsson Zemgus Girgensons

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jake McCabe Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella Zach Bogosian
Nathan Beaulieu Rasmus Dahlin

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Linus Ullmark
Carter Hutton