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New York seeks ninth straight road win; Montreal aims to gain in Atlantic

by Sean Farrell / Independent Correspondent

RANGERS (34-24-4) at CANADIENS (29-27-9)

7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, MSG 2, NHL.TV


The Game

The New York Rangers seek a season-high fifth straight win and their ninth straight road victory when they face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday.

New York is 8-1-0 in its past nine games and enters play Thursday four points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Carey Price will make his 11th straight start for Montreal, which is seven points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for third place in the Atlantic Division.

The Canadiens are 2-4-2 in their past eight games after going 7-2-0 in their previous nine.


Players to watch

Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad has an eight-game point streak (seven goals, seven assists) and has scored a goal in five straight games, one short of the longest in the NHL this season.

Canadiens forward Max Domi has five points in a three-game point streak (two goals, three assists).


They said it

"You're in this dogfight, this playoff race, and I think every team is trying to create that same mentality. Regardless of the venue, regardless of your opponent, boy, every shift is tooth and nail, and every inch of ice matters, and it's a great time of year." -- Rangers coach David Quinn

"Obviously that's a good team coming in. They've got a lot of talented players and it's going to be our job to not give them too much. We've had good starts at home, we're just going to have to play a full 60 (minutes)." -- Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki


Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Filip Chytil

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast

Phillip Di Giuseppe -- Brett Howden -- Kaapo Kakko

Brendan Lemieux -- Greg McKegg -- Julien Gauthier

Brendan Smith -- Jacob Trouba

Tony DeAngelo -- Marc Staal

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: None

Injured: Igor Shesterkin (rib fracture), Pavel Buchnevich (soreness), Micheal Haley (core muscle)


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Charles Hudon -- Nick Suzuki -- Joel Armia

Paul Byron -- Max Domi -- Jordan Weal

Artturi Lehkonen -- Jake Evans -- Dale Weise

Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber

Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry

Karl Alzner -- Christian Folin

Carey Price

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: None

Injured: Jonathan Drouin (ankle), Xavier Ouellet (concussion), Victor Mete (broken foot)


Status report

Buchnevich, a forward, will miss a second straight game after he and Shesterkin, a goalie, were injured in a car accident Sunday. "He's getting back to his old self and he'll be back on the ice soon," Quinn said of Buchnevich. … Drouin, a forward, won't play after re-aggravating an ankle injury. … Ouellet skated and is continuing to progress through concussion protocol. "He's getting closer to being able to return to play," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said of the forward who has missed the past two games.


Stat pack

Panarin has a 10-game point streak (five goals, nine assists). … Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks (Nov. 7-17), Domi (Dec. 19-31), and Sebastian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes (Jan. 31-Feb. 11) each scored in six straight games earlier this season.

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