The Canadiens began the weekend of the Super Bowl in receiving the New York Rangers this afternoon. Follow the pre-game broadcast by Hockey 360 from 13h30 on the RDS.
Perhaps we are only February, but already, this clash could be the beginning of a long struggle between these two teams.
The classification, the Canadian is sixth in the East with 63 points in 52 games. Rangers follow right behind. They have a point less but have played two games more.
Jacques Martin has confirmed that Carey Price will be his starting goaltender. Also, defenseman James Wisniewski (cold) was absent from practice on Friday.
The Canadiens won their last two games - played in two days. The Habs will repeat the ride this weekend when he faces the Rangers on Saturday and then the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
The Canadiens and the Rangers faced off twice this season and on each occasion, Montreal has emerged as the winner.
Click here to find out more! In total, the men of Jacques Martin had the best against the Rangers in their last four duels and have a record of 5-0-1 in their last six games against the Rangers at the Bell Centre.
In fact, Montreal has a record of 3-0-1 in its last four home games.
Without Drury, but Christensen?
The Rangers might be more successful if their goalie Henrik Lundqvist - who participated in the All-Star Game - was in better shape. He allowed 10 goals in his last three starts and has not even completed the game in his last outing.
For this duel against the Canadiens, the Rangers could count on Erik Christensen for the first time in 2011. The 27-year-old has not played since last Dec. 29 because of an injured knee.
However, the Blue Shirts will make do without their captain Chris Drury (knee) who remained in New York.
The last five games in which the Rangers were involved ended with a gap of a goal, but they have won only two of these clashes.