Montreal faces New York on a 9-game skid

Montreal Canadiens (20-49-11, eighth in the Atlantic) vs. New York Rangers (51-23-6, second in the Metropolitan)

New York; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTS LINES LINE: Rangers -378, Canadians +293; plus/minus is 6

BOTTOM LINE: Montreal enters the game against New York having lost nine straight games.

The Rangers are 34-12-2 against conference opponents. New York has scored 244 goals and is ninth in the Eastern Conference with an average of 3.0 goals per game. Chris Kreider leads the team with 52.

The Canadiens are 13-31-4 in the Eastern Conference. Montreal scores 2.6 goals per game, the fewest in the NHL. Nick Suzuki leads them with 21 goals in total.

When they last met on November 16, New York won 3-2.

BEST PERFORMERS: Mika Zibanejad leads the Rangers with a plus-30 rating in 80 games this season. Artemi Panarin has 14 points in New York’s last 10 games.

Suzuki leads the Canadians with 38 total assists and 59 points. Cole Caufield has four goals and one assist in Montreal’s last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 7-3-0, averaged 3.4 goals, 6.2 assists, 2.7 penalties and 6.8 penalty minutes while allowing 1.5 goals per game with save percentage of 0.946.

Canadians: 1-9-0, average of 2.6 goals, 4.9 assists, 4.4 penalties and 11 penalty minutes while allowing 4.3 goals per game with a save percentage of .871.

INJURIES: Rangers: Kaapo Kakko: out (lower body), Tyler Motte: out (upper body).

Canadians: Justin Barron: out for the season (ankle), Jake Allen: out for the season (groin), Joel Armia: out (personal).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.