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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Rangers

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (30-13-3) @ RANGERS (27-14-4)

The Canadiens will try to put an end to their three-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night when they take on one of the league’s hottest teams – the New York Rangers.

Since Alain Vigneault’s squad handed the Canadiens a 5-0 loss back on November 23, the Rangers have won 18 of their last 25 games to sit third in the Metropolitan Division, just four points back of the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins.

Head coach Michel Therrien should be featuring the same lineup that bested the Dallas Stars 3-2 at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night. It remains uncertain whether or not Gabriel Dumont will be in the lineup after being called up from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs following Tuesday night’s win. Therrien will likely make a decision on Dumont’s playing status on Thursday morning.

Carey Price, who is coming off a 40-save performance against the Stars, should make his third consecutive start in goal for the Canadiens. Henrik Lundqvist will get the call between the pipes for New York. The Swedish netminder has found his game after a sub-par start to the year. He boasts a .920 save percentage and a 2.30 goals-against average in 36 starts.

Up front, the Canadiens will have to pay close attention to Rick Nash, who currently sits tied for the league lead with 28 goals alongside Tyler Seguin.

The Canadiens haven’t won at Madison Square Garden since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals last spring.

The Habs did, however, down the Rangers 3-1 in their only meeting at the Bell Centre this season back on October 25.

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