Tonight in the NHL: Canadiens host Rangers

Tonight in the NHL: Canadiens host Rangers
February 23, 2013, 12:00 pm
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The Flyers host the Jets as they look to rebound from their Thursday loss to the Panthers (see game preview).

Unexpectedly, Scott Hartnell will return to the lineup (see story).

Here is a look at the other notable games tonight in the NHL:

Rangers at Canadiens, 7 p.m.
The Montreal Canadiens host the New York Rangers as they look to get back on track.

The Canadiens had their season-high five-game winning streak snapped on Thursday in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders after they were outshot 8-4 in the final 20 minutes.

After not scoring in the Canadiens' first 10 games, Max Pacioretty has scored four goals in the past three games.

New York lost to Ottawa 3-2 on Thursday despite holding a 2-1 lead in the third period.

The Rangers will be without Rick Nash, who has missed the past two games with an undisclosed injury

The two teams last met on Tuesday with the Canadiens coming away with a 3-1 victory in New York.

Islanders at Sabres, 7 p.m.
The Buffalo Sabres host the New York Islanders as they look to avoid a season-high fourth straight loss.

After the Sabres fired longtime coach Lindy Ruff, Buffalo lost 3-1 to Toronto in interim coach Ron Rolston's debut on Thursday.

The Sabres have struggled offensively as of late. In their last six games, Buffalo has been held to one goal three times and shut out once.

The Islanders are coming off a 4-3 overtime victory over Montreal in which they overcame a pair of two-goal deficits.  Rookie Thomas Hickey scored the overtime game-winner, which was his first career goal.

The two teams last met on Feb. 9 when the Sabres won 3-2 in New York despite only recording 15 shots on goal.

Maple Leafs at Senators, 7 p.m.
The Ottawa Senators host the Toronto Maple Leafs as they look for a season-high fourth straight victory.

The Senators enter the game having lost the past three games against the Maple Leafs. In that stretch, Toronto has outscored Ottawa 11-1.

Ottawa will be without goaltender Craig Anderson, who suffered a sprained ankle in Thursday's victory over the Rangers. Ben Bishop should be in goal in replace of Anderson.

The two teams met last Saturday with the Maple Leafs coming away with a 3-0 victory.

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