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Montreal needs to get a win on the board on home ice.

NHL: New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers

How to watch

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

The Canadiens have been the better team in each of their last two games, but in both cases came away with a loss. Holding the puck more and getting more shots on target are always good things for a team, but at some point those shots need to start going in, and they haven’t been over the past week. That was the main concern for the club when it lost Paul Byron’s speed and Jonathan Drouin’s skill from the lineup on the same day, and questions are beginning to be asked about the team’s ability to maintain course without them.

There are players capable of contributing offence, and they need to decide that they’re not just going to settle for a high shot count this evening, but bash away at one of the league’s worst defensive teams until things start going their way. Without a win in three games now, another loss would be unacceptable for a team aiming to secure a division seed.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen Max Domi Nick Suzuki
Charles Hudon Jesperi Kotkaniemi Joel Armia
Nick Cousins Nate Thompson Jordan Weal

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Victor Mete Jeff Petry
Mikey Reilly Cale Fleury

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Keith Kinkaid

Injured: Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin
Scratched: Christian Folin, Mikey Reilly

New York Rangers projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Artemiy Panarin Ryan Strome Jesper Fast
Chris Kreider Filip Chytil Pavel Buchnevich
Brendan Lemieux Brett Howden Kaapo Kakko
Micheal Haley Greg McKegg Brendan Smith

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Brady Skjei Jacob Trouba
Libor Hajek Tony DeAngelo
Ryan Lindgren Adam Fox

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Alexandar Georgiev
Henrik Lundqvist