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

It will be a tank battle on ice at the Bell centre tonight.

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

With several stars either shut down or held out of the lineup, it will be two very unfamiliar rosters battling each other tonight. The tank is officially on for both teams.

Rick Nash and Michael Grabner will both be healthy scratches as the New York Rangers attempt to shield them from injury before the trade deadline. There were rumours surrounding both, and now there’s little doubt that the team is attempting to convert them into future assets before 5:00 PM EST on Monday.

Carey Price is out indefinitely with a concussion, which necessitated the recall of Charlie Lindgren from the AHL. He will be on the bench tonight as Antti Niemi gets the call in goal for the first time since being pulled versus the Vegas Golden Knights on February 17.

Shea Weber has been shut down for the season, needing foot surgery that will prevent him from playing any more games in 2017-18. It means the chance to see a first NHL game from Noah Juulsen for Montreal Canadiens fans, and he’ll be the one to watch tonight.

Puck drop is at 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST

How to watch

In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN GO (English), RDS (French)
In the Rangers region: MSG2
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

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