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

Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Game 77: Montreal Canadiens @ New York Rangers

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Rangers region: MSG2
Streaming: ESPN+, RDS, TSN+

Despite Cayden Primeau having to come on in relief of Samuel Montembeault last night, Martin St-Louis is sticking with his plan to have Primeau play tonight’s game in New York City. Primeau faced 18 shots in the 30 minutes he played versus Toronto, stopping all of them, which should have helped to erase the disappointment from his outing versus the Tampa Bay Lightning a couple of days earlier.

Joel Armia is also looking to put an off night behind him to have a better performance in his 500th NHL game. He does have goals in two of his previous four games versus the Rangers, and also registered a hat trick versus the franchise back in 2019, so it is a team he enjoys playing.

New York, meanwhile, is trying to lock up the top spot in the Metropolitan Division, which it can do with three more wins. They probably see Montreal as one of the easy marks toward that goal, but the Habs could pull off another surprise in the final portion of the season — if they can manage to hold their composure for all 60 minutes.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#22 Cole Caufield #14 Nick Suzuki #20 Juraj Slafkovský
#11 Brendan Gallagher #35 Alex Newhook #40 Joel Armia
#70 Tanner Pearson #71 Jake Evans #17 Josh Anderson
#55 Michael Pezzetta #36 Colin White #49 Rafaël Harvey-Pinard
Left Defence Right Defence
#8 Mike Matheson #58 David Savard
$54 Jordan Harris #26 Johnny Kovacevic
#47 Jayden Struble #52 Justin Barron
Starter Backup
#30 Cayden Primeau #35 Samuel Montembeault

Injured: Kirby Dach, Christian Dvorak, Kaiden Guhle, Joshua Roy, Chris Wideman, Arber Xhekaj
Scratched: Jesse Ylönen

New York Rangers projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Artemiy Panarin Vincent Trocheck Alexis Lafrenière
Chris Kreider Mika Zibanejad Jimmy Vesey
Will Cuylle Alexander Wennberg Kaapo Kakko
Barclay Goodrow Jonny Brodzinski Matt Rempe
Left Defence Right Defence
Ryan Lindgren Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller Jacob Trouba
Zac Jones Braden Schneider
Starter Backup
Igor Shesterkin Jonathan Quick

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