The Rangers are set to square off against the Montreal Canadiens tonight. Despite their lousy record (6-7-1), the Rangers have been playing better lately, winning their last three straight games. In that span they’ve collected two shootout wins and one regulation win, needing extra time against the San Jose Sharks (final score 4-3) and Anaheim Ducks (final score 3-2) while beating the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 in regulation.
The Canadiens on the other hand have been less consistent over the past few weeks, alternating between wins and loses with a 4-4 record since October 20th. Their last game against the New York Islanders was also the first time they didn’t allow more than three goals to an opponent since their shutout victory over the Boston Bruins on October 27th.
Brett Howden did not skate in Monday’s practice after going into the boards hard Sunday night. He’s not seriously injured but his status for tonight’s game is unclear.
With a spot potentially available in the lineup though, Lias Andersson may get another crack in the NHL. The Rangers recalled the 20-year-old from the AHL last night, where he’s scored 12 points in only 14 AHL games. Andersson has looked great in the minors and it’ll be good to see him get some more NHL minutes.