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Blue Jackets @ Rangers: Game thread and how to watch

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The Montreal Canadiens’ playoff fortunes are tied to tonight’s battle at MSG.

Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Columbus Blue Jackets @ New York Rangers

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: TVA Sports (French)
In the Blue Jackets region: Fox Sports - Ohio
In the Rangers region: MSG+
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / Rogers NHL Live

The Montreal Canadiens fought for 81 games to earn a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but after losing last night to the Washington Capitals, their season could be determined on a night they sit idle.

Currently behind the Blue Jackets, the Canadiens only have two more points available, meaning that Columbus can ensure they finish the season on top by securing two more points of their own.

Tonight, that means a win of any kind over the New York Rangers clinches a spot in the post-season for the team from Ohio, and locks in the 16 teams that will compete for the Cup. The Canadiens will be hoping the Rangers can pull off the upset and let the final determination happen tomorrow night.