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
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
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!