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Rangers vs. Canadiens Preview: Rangers Finally Back In Action Tonight; Stepan Resumes Skating

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The New York Rangers will finally be back in action tonight as they take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, and will be the first game since Tuesday.

Mike Stobe

After sitting idle since Tuesday, the New York Rangers will finally return to action tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. This will be the first meeting between these two familiar foes, who last saw action against one another in the Eastern Conference Finals, where the Rangers came out victorious with a 4-2 series win. There was also something that happened between Chris Kreider, and Carey Price, which we won't talk about because it's stupid, and way overblown.

The Canadiens are currently sitting at the top of the Atlantic Division, are winners in their last three appearances, and currently undefeated (3-0-0) on home ice. There's no question that prior to last season's playoffs, the Rangers had some serious issues when going into Montreal. Hopefully, whatever it was, has been squashed by last season's run, and the Rangers can move on from the "ghosts" in Montreal. The Rangers lineup is expected to remain the same as last game, with the only change being Anthony Duclair subbing in for Ryan Malone on the third line.

Alain Vigneault also brought some positive news to the table this morning as well, as he mentioned Derek Stepan has resumed skating on his own. With that little piece of information, it sounds as if Stepan is still on course with his recovery, which could allow him to return sometime in early November. The 10 game LTIR mark is quickly approaching, and if all goes as planned, the Rangers will have their number one center back pretty soon.

All of the information about tonight's game can be found in the table below.

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New York Rangers
4-3-0 (8 PTS)
5th in Metropolitan
Montreal Canadiens
6-1-0 (12 PTS)
1st in Atlantic

GAME & TELEVISION INFORMATION
Saturday, October 25th, 2014
Bell Centre - Montreal, QC - 7:00 PM
Television: MSG, CITY, TVA | Radio: ESPN NY 98.7
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STARTING GOALTENDERS
Team Goalies GP MIN W L GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
NYR
Henrik Lundqvist
6
343
4
2
18
3.15
170
152
.894
1
MTL
Carey Price
6
345
5
1
17
2.96
173
156
.902
0
PROJECTED LINEUPS
Kreider - Hayes - Nash 1st Line Pacioretty - Desharnais - Gallagher
Zuccarello - Brassard - St. Louis 2nd Line Galchenyuk - Plekanec - Parenteau
Hagelin - Moore - Duclair 3rd Line Bourque - Eller - Weise
Glass - Mueller - Stempniak 4th Line Moen - Malhotra - Prust
McDonagh - Girardi 1st D Pair Emelin - Subban
Staal - Klein 2nd D Pair Markov - Gilbert
J. Moore - Hunwick 3rd D Pair Tinordi - Weaver