Rangers prepare to take on the Canadiens after four days off

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 15: Justin Barron #52 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 15, 2023 in New York City. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 15: Justin Barron #52 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 15, 2023 in New York City. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 15: Justin Barron #52 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 15, 2023 in New York City. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 15: Justin Barron #52 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 15, 2023 in New York City. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

For the New York Rangers, the time that has passed since the deadline has not been easy. Still looking for the first win of the showtime era on broadway, they will get another chance to make it happen tonight as the Rangers will visit the Canadiens in an original six showdown up in Quebec. With the Bell Center hosting two of the most iconic franchises in hockey history, this is going to be a fun night.

K’Andre Miller will return from his three-game suspension after his match penalty and ejection for unsportsmanlike conduct against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty last week. Miller is expected to draw back in to give the Rangers a full compliment on the back end. Miller has had a very up-and-down season, but he could very well prove to be the difference for a Rangers blueline that has been excellent despite not having all 6 guys.

For the Blueshirts, their request for an emergency recall from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL was finally given the green light as forward Jonny Brodzinski was recalled on an emergency basis. It means that for the first time in what feels like forever, the Rangers will have a full group ready to go tonight in Quebec. While this is a big step forward, there is still work to be done if the Rangers want to take two points tonight.

Tyler Motte is still out. Ryan Lindgren seems to be getting closer after he wore a non-contact jersey at an optional skate this morning. He’s not imminent by any means, but to say that he is not going to be factoring into the thinking of the coaches and players moving forward is wrong. We all know how good Lindgren is and how important he is to this team. The sooner he is healthy, the better for everyone.

New York Ranger

Chris Kreider – Mika Zibanejad – Vladimir Tarasenko
Artemi Panarin – Vincent Trocheck – Patrick Kane
Alexis Lafreniere – Filip Chytil – Kaapo Kakko
Jimmy Vesey – Barclay Goodrow – Jonny Brodzinski

Niko Mikkola – Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller – Jacob Trouba
Ben Harpur – Braden Schneider

Igor Shesterkin
Jaroslav Halak

Montreal Canadiens

Rafael Harvey-Pinard – Nick Suzuki – Jesse Ylonen
Mike Hoffman – Jonathan Drouin – Josh Anderson
Anthony Richard – Rem Pitlick – Denis Gurianov
Michael Pezzetta – Chris Tierney – Alex Belzile

Mike Matheson – David Savard
Kaiden Guhle – Johnathan Kovacevic
Joel Edmundson – Chris Wideman

Sam Montembeault
Jake Allen

Puck drop time and where to watch

For the Rangers, tonight’s game is a 7 PM Eastern puck drop in Quebec. TSN will have the English broadcast for the Canadiens fans with RDS having the French one. MSG will cover the Rangers as always as the Blueshirts look to take two points to stay a ways ahead in third place in the Metro and keep the pressure on the Devils and Hurricanes ahead in the standings.