The centerpiece of the Ryan McDonagh trade, Libor Hajek will make his Rangers and NHL debut tonight against Montreal. Hajek’s recall was very surprising, since he has struggled mightily in Hartford and is not even the best defenseman there. However the Pack are atrocious and it’s a terrible environment, so it’s not the best barometer to use when measuring how Hajek has looked. That’s not to say he will be great, but he may just need a change of coach.
As for the game itself, the Canadiens are in the playoff hunt, but are treading water while those below them in the standings continue to win. The Rangers have another opportunity to play spoiler here, and given how they have played lately, that is a realistic possibility. The Blueshirts have no quit in them. It’s refreshing.
Carey Price gets the start.
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: Hajek scores in his first game.
Game time is 7pm.