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Saturday, October 29th (All times eastern)

New York Rangers (5-3-3) at Montreal Canadiens (7-2-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens hope to bounce back from their third loss of the season tonight when they welcome the New York Rangers to the Bell Centre in the opener of a home-and-home.

The Habs had a three-game winning streak snapped in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss in Ottawa. The Sens' Jason Spezza tallied the game-winner 2:48 into overtime.

Mike Ribeiro tallied two goals for the Canadiens, who had their three-game winning streak halted. Michael Ryder notched a goal and two assists while Jose Theodore posted 38 saves in the losing effort.

Ribeiro leads the Habs with six goals, while Ryder is right behind with five.

Montreal will visit the Rangers on Monday to close out this set.

New York, meanwhile, ended a three-game losing skid on Thursday with a 3-1 win over the Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to anchor the Blueshirts' victory.

The Rangers received goals from Martin Straka, Fedor Tyutin, and Blair Betts, as they got a bit of revenge on the Islanders, who swept a home-and-home between the teams last week.

Jagr's two assists increased his point streak to eight games (8g, 5a) and is tied for second in the NHL with 17 points (10g, 7a). Through 11 games, Jagr is already almost a third of the way to his goal total of 31 during the 2003-04 season.

The Canadiens posted a 4-3 overtime win against the Rangers on October 6 and is 7-1-1 in the last nine meetings overall.

10/29 10:16:30 ET

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