With the Rangers boasting a 10-2-1 record in their last 13 games played, New York will meet a foe that is not quite having the same success as the last team that they vanquished. Les Canadiens du Montreal are the opponents tonight and the team from Quebec has had a rough time lately. Montreal has a record of 4-11-2 in their last 17 games. They have struggled recently to get points having just one point in their last six.
For New York, there are a few changes from the players available as Jonny Brodzinski will be away from the team tonight due to his wife expecting. Gustav Rydahl was called up from the Hartford Wolf Pack just in case the Rangers need him, but it is projected to be the same group that beat the Carolina Hurricanes last time out. Gallant does not like to change a winning formula and with the way the roster is performing, it’s not a bad idea.
Igor Shesterkin is going to get a night off with Jaroslav Halak coming into tonight as the listed starter. Halak has been getting better as the season goes on as the Slovakian netminder won his last game with a strong performance in Sunrise against the Florida Panthers. Halak will be going up against the organization that drafted him all that time ago so the veteran will get to prove that he still has what it takes to win in Montreal.
New York Rangers
Chris Kreider – Mika Zibanejad – Kaapo Kakko
Artemi Panarin – Vincent Trocheck – Vitali Kravtsov
Alexis Lafreniere – Filip Chytil – Jimmy Vesey
Sammy Blais – Barclay Goodrow – Julien Gauthier
Ryan Lindgren – Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller – Jacob Trouba
Ben Harpur – Braden Schneider
Cole Caufield – Nick Suzuki – Kirby Dach
Juraj Slafkovsky – Christian Dvorak – Josh Anderson
Evgenii Dadonov – Jake Evans – Joel Armia
Michael Pezzetta – Jonathan Drouin – Anthony Richard
Joel Edmundson – David Savard
Jordan Harris – Johnathan Kovacevic
Arber Xhekaj – Chris Wideman
Time for puck drop and where to watch
This is another 7 PM Eastern game that the Rangers will be looking to claim victory in. When these two original six franchises meet, it is usually good for a game that Ranger fans will want to watch. MSG will have the Rangers feed of the game. TSN will have the English feed in Canada, and RDS will have the game for those that prefer to listen in Canadian French.