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Saturday, January 15th (All times eastern)

New York Rangers (26-16-3) at Montreal Canadiens (24-17-3), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to record their second win over the New York Rangers this week when the Habs host the Blueshirts this evening at Bell Centre.

The Canadiens played in New York on Monday and Benoit Pouliot scored the game- winning goal in the third period to lift the Habs to the 2-1 regulation win at Madison Square Garden.

That victory was the third straight in this series for Montreal, which has also taken four of five and seven out of 10 against the Rangers. New York has dropped two straight and four of its last five contests in Quebec.

Both the Rangers and Canadiens have played one game since their meeting earlier this week. New York earned a 1-0 victory against visiting Vancouver, while the Habs were dealt a 5-2 home loss by Pittsburgh.

Wojtek Wolski scored his first goal in a Rangers uniform and Henrik Lundqvist recorded his sixth shutout of the season in Thursday's victory over the red- hot Vancouver Canucks. It was the fourth win in five games for the Rangers, who are currently third in the Atlantic Division and six points behind first- place Philadelphia.

Wolski was playing in just his second game with the Rangers since they acquired him from the Coyotes on January 10. Thursday's tally was his seventh goal of the season and first since Dec. 20.

Lundqvist made 31 saves to send the Canucks to their first regulation loss since a 3-2 setback to the Blues on December 5. Vancouver had a 14-0-3 record over its previous 17 contests.

It was the 30th career shutout for Lundqvist, whose assist streak stopped at three games.

"30 is a good number," Lundqvist said. "Hopefully I can keep it going a little bit longer. Every shutout is important. This was a good win to come back. It is so important to respond with two points. This helps us in the standings."

With New York playing games on back-to-back days, Lundqvist and backup Martin Biron will likely split starts between tonight's contest and Sunday's home game against Philadelphia.

The Canadiens were handed a 5-2 setback in Wednesday's game against the visiting Penguins. Alex Goligoski scored twice and also added an assist for the visitors.

Tomas Plekanec and David Desharnais tallied for the Canadiens, who had a three-game win streak halted. Carey Price was tagged for all five goals on 36 shots in the setback.

"When the game is on the line, our penalty kill just didn't do it," said Montreal captain Brian Gionta. "We weren't sharp. We took too many penalties. We were out of the rhythm of the game, and out of the flow. We didn't generate any offense, either."

Habs forward Mike Cammalleri has sat out the last two games with an illness and is questionable for tonight's contest. The diminutive sniper is second on Montreal this season with 28 points.

The Canadiens, who entered Saturday four points behind Boston for the Northeast Division lead, have a solid 14-6-3 record as the home team this season.

01/15 10:41:39 ET

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