This is make or break for the Rangers tonight, no other way to put it. Nik Antropov (left knee) is playing, which Rangers coach John Tortorella said earlier tonight. Montreal is 41-28-10 and in seventh place in the standings, while the Rangers are 40-30-9 and in eighth. With 89 points, the Rangers are tied with Florida but have the tiebreak with three games remaining. The game is on MSG Plus.
If you missed the chat today, you can catch the replay of Rangers Report live chat. Scroll down to the Rangers Report and click, then click “on demand” and select today’s chat. More after the game from Madison Square Garden.
Update: The winner of the Steven McDonald extra effort award this season, as voted by the fans, is Ryan Callahan.
Starting players: Paul Mara, Derek Morris, Sean Avery, Nik Antropov, Scott Gomez and Henrik Lundqvist.