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Rangers at Canadiens: Open Game Thread

New York Rangers v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

The New York Rangers (13-11-2, 28 points) are in Montreal this evening to take on the Canadiens (11-9-5, 27 points) on Hockey Night in Canada. The Blueshirts are fresh off a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Ottawa Senators, and the Habs will look to avoid their sixth consecutive loss.

Here are the projected lines for both sides.

New York Rangers

Jimmy VeseyMika ZibanejadJesper Fast

Chris KreiderKevin HayesFilip Chytil

Lias AnderssonBrett HowdenRyan Strome

Tim Gettinger — Vinni LettieriSteven Fogarty

Marc StaalNeal Pionk

Brady SkjeiBrendan Smith

Frederik Claesson — Kevin Shattenkrik

Alexandar Georgiev

Montreal Canadiens

Tomas TatarPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher

Jonathan DrouinMax DomiAndrew Shaw

Paul ByronJesperi KotkaniemiArtturi Lehkonen

Kenny AgostinoMichael ChaputNicolas Deslauriers

Brett KulakShea Weber

David SchlemkoJeff Petry

Mike ReillyJordie Benn

Carey Price

Georgiev is making his eighth start of the season for the Rangers, and looking to continue his current streak of play. The Blueshirts’ backup had a rough start to the season — 1-1-0, .883 SV% and 4.56 GAA in October— but in November he posted a stat line of 3-2-0 with a .915 SV% and a 2.47 GAA.

The Bell Centre is where Georgiev made his first NHL start on February 22, 2018, and in that game he made 38 saves in a 3-1 loss. The Rangers play again on Sunday vs. the Winnipeg Jets, and this is David Quinn’s way of giving Hank a break and forcing him to play in a back-to-back scenario.

Enjoy the game!