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The band is getting back together, hoping to start off the month of December on a winning note.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the Rangers region: MSG2
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

Not even the return of Shea Weber could halt the Montreal Canadiens’ losing streak, as they fell for a fifth consecutive time on Monday night. However, they did allow just 22 shots and two goals against, so there is encouraging news for the defensive game with the number-one defender back in the fold.

Now the focus shifts to restoring the offensive contributions, and they get a helping hand — and some quick feet — for that task tonight. Paul Byron is back in after missing the entire month of November, and will be Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s winger in tonight’s game versus the New York Rangers. It gives the rookie a player known for his finish around the goal to work with, and that could very well turn out to be a productive duo for the game, and possibly beyond.

Carey Price will have Weber and Brett Kulak in front of him facing the Rangers’ top offensive elements. If the Habs were able to limit the shots of the trigger-happy Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, they should be able to contain New York’s forwards, and work more on getting goals at the opposite end 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
Paul Byron Jesperi Kotkaniemi Artturi Lehkonen
Nicolas Deslauriers Michael Chaput Kenny Agostino

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Brett Kulak Shea Weber
David Schlemko Jeff Petry
Mikey Reilly Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

New York Rangers projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jimmy Vesey Mika Zibanejad Jesper Fast
Chris Kreider Kevin Hayes Filip Chytil
Lias Andersson Brett Howden Ryan Strome
Anthony DeAngelo Steven Fogarty Timothy Gettinger

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Brady Skjei Brendan Smith
Marc Staal Neal Pionk
Fredrik Claesson Kevin Shattenkirk

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Henrik Lundqvist
Alexandar Georgiev