Saturday, January 14, 2017

Canadiens to Get Galchenyuk, Shaw Back for Tilt with Rangers

The New York Rangers got two key players back for their Friday night tussle with the Leafs at MSG. Now the Montreal Canadiens will get two of their own walking wounded when they face the Rangers on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Alexander Galchenyuk and Andrew Shaw are set to make their return.

The Canadiens went 9-5-4 in 18 games without Galchenyuk, who was knocked out the lineup on December 4th. The 22-year-old is first on the Habs in 5-on-5 assists per game with 1.48 and second in points per game with 2.22. He has gone 9-14-23 in 25 games for the Habs, who are still without center David Desharnais but will also see the return of Shaw tonight.

Shaw has not played since December 12, when he was injured in a dangerous collision with Boston's Torey Krug.

Shaw has 15 points in 29 games for the Habs, and has been a physical presence and leader on the ice.

On Friday the Rangers saw the return of Rick Nash from groin injuries and Pavel Buchnevich from a back injury. Both teams have been depleted by injuries in the season's first half, but remain firmly in playoff position.

Montreal leads the Atlantic with 58 points (26-11-6) while the Rangers are in fourth in the stacked Metropolitan Division, but hold a seven point over the second wild card team. New York is 28-14-1.