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New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens: Open Game Thread

Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The New York Rangers (27-26-10, 64 points) are fresh off an overtime loss vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning and will take on the Montreal Canadiens (34-23-7, 75 points) in a Friday night Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden.

The Blueshirts are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games, and put up a decent fight against the best team in the league on Wednesday. The Canadiens are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games, and are coming off an 8-1 drubbing of the Detroit Red Wings. Montreal currently hold the top wild card spot, and the Carolina Hurricanes (second wild card) and Pittsburgh Penguins (on the outside looking in) both have 74 points with a game in hand.

This is all to say that there will be a lot of motivation for the Habs to pick up two very important points as their playoff future depends on it. With all that said, here are the projected lines for both sides

New York Rangers

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadJimmy Vesey

Vlad NamestnikovRyan StromeJesper Fast

Brendan LemieuxLias AnderssonPavel Buchnevich

Connor BrickleyBoo NievesBrendan Smith

Brady SkjeiKevin Shattenkirk

Marc StaalTony DeAngelo

Libor HajekNeal Pionk

Henrik Lundqvist

Montreal Canadiens

Tomas TatarPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher

Jonathan DrouinMax DomiAndrew Shaw

Paul ByronJesperi KotkaniemiJoel Armia

Artturi LehkonenNate ThompsonDale Weise

Jordie BennShea Weber

Victor MeteJeff Petry

Brett KulakChristian Folin

Carey Price

Enjoy the game!