Feb 23, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Martin Biron (43) makes a save against Montreal Canadiens right wing Colby Armstrong (20) and defenseman Josh Gorges (26) as defenseman Marc Staal (18) defends during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Habs host struggling Rangers

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Tonight, the Montreal Canadiens host the New York Rangers at 7pm at the Bell Center.

The Habs are coming off a 6-5 comeback shootout win over Boston on Wednesday, while the Rangers come into Montreal after a 3-0 loss to the Senators in Ottawa on Thursday night.

With Boston losing to the Flyers this afternoon, the Canadiens can go up 3 points over the Bruins for the Northeast division lead.

Follow along on our live blog for tonight’s game HERE.

Here is a look at player stats, game notes and more, for tonight’s match-up:

Team Records: Canadiens – 4th in East (21-7-5, 47 points) vs Rangers – 2nd in East (16-14-3, 35 points)

Game Notes:

– Carey Price will get the nod for the 28th time this season.

– Brandon Prust returns to the Habs lineup after missing 8 games with a seperated shoulder.

– Nathan Beaulieu makes his NHL debut tonight for the Montreal

– The Rangers will be without defenseman Marc Staal for a 13th straight game with an eye injury.

– Mats Zuccarello will make his season debut for New York.

– Marty Biron gets the start between the pipes for the Rangers.

Leading Scorers:

Montreal

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
M. Ryder 32 12 15 27 +5 14 6 2
M. Pacioretty 29 9 17 26 +3 20 2 0
T. Plekanec 33 12 13 25 +4 18 4 2
New York
Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
R. Nash 29 12 16 28 +11 24 1 2
D. Stepan 33 10 15 25 +11 10 3 3
M. Gaborik 33 9 10 19 -7 8 1 4

Goaltenders:

Montreal
Goalie GP Min Rec. GA SA GAA Sv%
C. Price 27 1622 16-6-4 64 717 2.37 .911
P. Budaj 7 388 5-1-1 16 170 2.47 .906
New York
Goalie GP Min Rec. GA SA GAA Sv%
H. Lundqvist 29 1723 14-13-2 63 810 2.19 .922
M. Biron 5 276 2-1-1 10 130 2.17 .923
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