Game Preview: Canadiens (34-35-6) vs. Rangers (42-24-8)
TV: NHLN-US, TVAS, SN 7:00 p.m.
The Habs welcome the New York Rangers to the Bell Centre for the first time since the home-opener on October 15, 2015.
In the Canadiens most recent game in Detroit on Thursday night, the Habs entered the third period facing a four-goal deficit. A goal from Tomas Plekanec just 47 seconds into the final frame would spark a series of three unanswered goals to pull the Habs within one. Ultimately the Canadiens comeback would come up jus t short as the Red Wings held on to win 4-3.
The Rangers meanwhile arrive in Montreal on the heels of a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in their last contest. Netminder Henrik Lundqvist turned in a 39-save performance while J.T. Miller chipped in with his 20th goal of the season in the convincing victory.
Between the pipes, Mike Condon is expected to return to the blue paint after Ben Scrivens turned aside 36 shots in Thursday’s loss to Detroit. The rookie netminder has yet to start a game against the Rangers in his career thus far.
In the injury department, P.K. Subban will not suit up against New York as he continues to await the doctor’s green light. With regards to lineup changes, Mike Brown and Sven Andrighetto will return to the lineup replacing Lucas Lessio and Jacob de la Rose.
The Canadiens presently hold a 2-0 advantage in the three-game season series between the two combatants this campaign.