NYR (28-14-1) @ MTL (26-11-6)
MONTREAL - The best way to put a tough outing behind you is to bounce right back with a win. That's what the Canadiens will try to do on Saturday night when they play host to the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre.
After being given the day off from practice on Friday, Michel Therrien's troops will wrap up a jam-packed week with a classic Original Six matchup.
Back on Thursday night, the Canadiens dropped a 7-1 decision in Minnesota.
Saturday night's tilt will be just their second on home turf since December 23. Since then, the Canadiens have played nine road games. They'll hit the road again on Sunday, travelling to Detroit to face the Red Wings on Monday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena.
For their part, the Rangers rank fifth in the Eastern Conference with 57 points, one point back of the Canadiens.
Alain Vigneault's contingent was in action on Friday night, dropping a 4-2 decision to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden.
They boast five players on their roster who've reached the 30-point plateau so far this season, including Kevin Hayes, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller and Mats Zuccarello. Michael Grabner, meanwhile, has a team-leading 19 goals.
Alex Galchenyuk (knee) and Andrew Shaw (concussion) will both return to the Canadiens' lineup on Saturday night following extended absences due to injury.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet and TVA Sports, as well as on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm.