Rangers at Canadiens: Open Game Thread

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 Vesey — Mika Zibanejad — Jesper Fast

Chris Kreider — Kevin Hayes — Filip Chytil

Lias Andersson — Brett Howden — Ryan Strome

Tim Gettinger — Vinni Lettieri — Steven Fogarty

Marc Staal — Neal Pionk

Brady Skjei — Brendan Smith

Frederik Claesson — Kevin Shattenkrik

Alexandar Georgiev

Montreal Canadiens

Tomas Tatar — Phillip Danault — Brendan Gallagher

Jonathan Drouin — Max Domi — Andrew Shaw

Paul Byron — Jesperi Kotkaniemi — Artturi Lehkonen

Kenny Agostino — Michael Chaput — Nicolas Deslauriers

Brett Kulak — Shea Weber

David Schlemko — Jeff Petry

Mike Reilly — Jordie 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!