10-4-1 (21 Points - 1st in Northeast, 2nd in East)
8-5-1 (17 points - 3rd in Atlantic, 7th in East)
Season series: This is the first of three meetings between these two Original 6 teams.
Canadiens: Montreal moved into first place in the Northeast on Monday night thanks to its fourth straight win. Peter Budaj received a rare start and made the most of it, stopping all 19 shots he faced for his 10th career shutout, while Brandon Prust broke a scoreless tie in the third period in a 3-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Bell Centre.
“I mentioned to the team between the second and third [periods] that good teams feel comfortable playing in these types of games, they want to play these types of games,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. “The players responded well.”
Rangers: New York is also playing well, as it enters Tuesday’s action having won four of its last five games. The only blemish was a 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders last Thursday, when the Blueshirts blew a 2-0 lead. But they responded with a 2-1 win against the Washington Capitals at MSG on Sunday night.
"I think we're getting to where we need to be," said Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who made 27 saves and now has a 2.35 goals-against average and .917 save percentage after a shaky first few games. "We're doing a lot of good things. It pays off, so I don't know if you want to call it ‘on a roll' here. It's a good feeling when we play the way we should and it pays off."
Petteri Nokelainen - Back
Carey Price - Flu-like symptoms (Probable for game)
Brendan Gallagher - Concussion
Darroll Powe - Concussion
Michael Sauer - Concussion (Out for season)
Tomas Plekanec - 8 Goals
Raphael Diaz - 11 Assists
Tomas Plekanec - 13 Points
Alex Galchenyuk - +8
Brandon Prust - 71 PIM (1st in NHL)
Andrei Markov - 3 GWG (Tied for 3rd in NHL)
Marian Gaborik - 7 Goals
Rick Nash, Brad Richards - 9 Assists
Rick Nash - 12 Points
Rick Nash - +9
Stu Bickel - 26 PIM
Marian Gaborik - 3 GWG (Tied for 3rd in NHL)
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