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Big Game On Tap for the Blueshirts in Montreal

Coming off a 1-0 shutout over the league leading Vancouver Canucks, expectations are going to be high tonight for the New York Rangers as they get set to take on the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal.

The team’s victory on Thursday night was a great display of terrific goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, timely goal scoring from Wojtej Wolski, great defensive play and strong penalty killing. If the Blueshirts want to win tonight in front of a loud Montreal crowd, they will once again need those facets of the game to be in full display tonight.

According to Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants (The Record), the line combinations will be as follows:

The Rangers one lineup change from Thursday’s 1-0 win over the Canucks is Kris Newbury, 28, being inserted on the fourth line for right wing Dale Weise, 22. But Newbury, a natural center, will play in the middle with Sean Avery and captain Chris Drury, who moves to right wing. The other combos remain the same: Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Mats Zuccarello, Wojtek Wolski-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik, Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust, Marc Staal-Dan Girardi, Steve Eminger-Mike Sauer, Matt Gilroy-Ryan McDonagh.

You’ll notice that the team has inserted Kris Newbury into the lineup in place of Dale Weise on the team’s fourth line. Weise, although not terrible, did not make much of an impact while in the line-up so hopefully, Newbury will be able to contribute in some way as he does have some offensive ability.

In goal, it will be a battle between all-stars Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price. Lundqvist was brilliant on Thursday night and is once again showing why he is one of the league’s best goaltenders year in and year out. He’ll have to be that way tonight as the Bell Centre has been a house of horrors for him in game’s past.

It should be a dandy tonight and if the Blueshirts can pull out a victory, they’ll head into tomorrow night’s tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers on a two-game winning streak and looking to pick up points five and six.

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