RANGERS (4-3-0) @ CANADIENS (6-1-0)
After going three straight days without playing a game, Michel Therrien’s troops will be back in action on Saturday night when they play host to the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre. It marks New York’s first visit to La Belle Province since the Eastern Conference Finals last spring.
Like the Canadiens, the Rangers haven’t seen game action since Tuesday night when they bested the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime to post their third straight victory.
The Habs, who are coming off a win that secured their best start to a season since 1977-78, will also be looking to keep their win streak alive. In their most recent outing, the Canadiens picked up their third consecutive win by downing the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in overtime. Alex Galchenyuk tied the game with just over three minutes remaining in regulation time, before David Desharnais scored the game-winner.
After performing brilliantly against Detroit, Carey Price will be back between the pipes for the Canadiens.
For their part, the Rangers struggled out of the gate this season, winning only one of their first four games. But, things have picked up for Alain Vigneault’s contingent since.
After struggling offensively last season, Rick Nash has clearly found his game, having already registered eight goals and nine points on the year. He currently sits tied with Corey Perry for the league-lead in goals thus far this season.
Young gun Anthony Duclair will play, confirmed head coach Alain Vigneault on Friday. The former Quebec Remparts standout has put up three points in five games with the Blue Shirts this season.
Henrik Lundqvist will get the start in goal for New York.