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

The Habs play their final game of a homestand before heading out for another road trip.

The Montreal Canadiens wrap up a three-game homestand tonight before heading out on the road for the next four. The final visitor of their sequence at the Bell Centre will be the 3-6-2 New York Rangers.

The Canadiens should be able to take advantage of what has been one of the weakest defensive teams in the NHL so far, but that wasn’t the case in their first matchup with the Rangers this season, as they fell 2-0 to Henrik Lundqvist and co.

The netminder won’t get a chance to replicate that performance tonight as Ondrej Pavelec takes the crease for the second consecutive game after recording a victory over the Arizona Coyotes in his last outing.

For the Canadiens, the loss of Nikita Scherbak to injury means that Torrey Mitchell draws back into the lineup. He takes that spot over Jacob de la Rose.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT

How to watch

In Canada: Sportsnet One, Sportsnet Now, City (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the United States: NHL Network, MSG
Elsewhere: GameCentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Nikita ScherbakPhillip DanaultArtturi Lehkonen
Alex GalchenyukJonathan DrouinBrendan Gallagher
Paul ByronJacob de la RoseLogan Shaw
Nicolas DeslauriersByron FroeseAndrew Shaw


Left DefenceRight Defence
Jordie BennJeff Petry
Karl AlznerNoah Juulsen
Mike ReillyDavid Schlemko


Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Joe Morrow, Jacob de la Rose
Injured: David Schlemko (hand), Nikita Scherbak (leg)

New York Rangers projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Brad MarchandRiley NashDavid Pastrnak
Jake DeBruskDavid KrejciRick Nash
Tommy WingelsDavid BackesBrian Gionta
Tim SchallerSean KuralyNoel Acciari


Left DefenceRight Defence
Zdeno CharaCharlie McAvoy
Torey KrugKevan Miller
Nick HoldenBrandon Carlo


Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

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