The Rangers pack their bags and head north of the border for an Original Six matchup against the Canadiens.
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After making 27 saves in Thursday’s win over the Coyotes, Ondrej Pavelec draws the start for the Rangers. Pavelec has had some recent success against the Canadiens, posting a 2-0-0 record, 1.92 GAA and a .942 SV% in his last three starts against them. Can he backstop them to their first winning streak of the season?
The newly-formed line of Boo Nieves, Michael Grabner and Pavel Buchnevich combined for seven points and four goals in Thursday’s victory. Nieves recorded three assists, the first points of his NHL career. Will they record at least one point tonight?
David Desharnais spent the first eight seasons of his NHL career in Montreal before being traded to Edmonton during last season. It will surely be an emotional game for the Quebec native, as this will be his first game in Montreal as a visitor.
It may only take one goal to win this game. In the last 15 regular season meetings between these teams, nine of them have resulted in one of the teams being shutout.
The Rangers have some fond memories of Montreal, winning two games there in last spring’s playoff series. Dating back to 2014, the Blueshirts have taken five of their last 10 games in Montreal.