NEW YORK -- The Canadiens are back in action in Manhattan on Sunday, less than 24 hours after visiting the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
Montreal is coming off a 6-1 loss in D.C. which saw the Caps score three times in the opening 2:51 of play, while Alexander Ovechkin scored a first-period hat trick en route to a four-goal night for the Russian forward.
Brendan Gallagher was the Habs' lone goalscorer at Capital One Arena, getting one back shorthanded in the middle frame. The 25-year-old's tally was Montreal's second shorthanded goal in as many games this season, following Phillip Danault's effort while down a man in Buffalo on Thursday.
Video: MTL@WSH: Gallagher buries feed for shorthanded goal
Carey Price only saw 20 minutes of ice time in the American capital, as Al Montoya took over in goal to begin the second period.
Price will be back between the pipes on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Prior to puck drop, head coach Claude Julien announced a number of changes to his lineup.
Brandon Davidson and Torrey Mitchell will replace Mark Streit and Ales Hemsky on the back end and up front, respectively, while Joe Morrow will be the night's other scratch.
David Schlemko for his part remains sidelined with an injury.
At the other end of the ice, the Rangers are coming off an 8-5 loss in Toronto, and are still looking for a first win this season.
New York rallied back from a 5-1 deficit to tie things up in the middle frame, but could not find the back of the net in the third.
Starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was likewise pulled in favor of backup Ondrej Pavelec after allowing five goals on 17 shots.
Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Madison Square Garden, and will be broadcast on SN1 and RDS in Canada.