Rangers-Henrik Lundqvist: After having not played in more than a week and sitting out the last two games due to an undisclosed injury, Lundqvist is expected to start in goal Monday night against the Canadiens. Lundqvist had stated last week that his goal was to be able to play in the home opener, but that he would not risk further injury if he was not healthy enough to do so. However after four straight days on ice practicing Lundqvist declared himself fit to play on Sunday and assuming no complications overnight, will lead the Rangers on to the ice in their Garden return Monday evening. In his last start---nine days ago in New Jersey---Lundqvist allowed four goals on only 19 shots. Clearly he has not been himself, even despite his shutout against Washington in his start before the one against the Devils, and last week Lundqvist admitted he was injured in the second game of the season against Los Angeles, all the way back on October 7th. Though he would not make excuses for his subpar start to 2013-14, Lundqvist has to be hoping that his health concerns are behind him starting with Monday's game against Montreal.
Canadiens-P.K. Subban: After a blazing start to the season, Subban has slowed of late with just one assist in his last four games. Not surprisingly Montreal has lost three of those games. Subban is the engine that drives the Canadiens. Last year's Norris Trophy winner still leads NHL defensemen with 11 points (2-9-11) this season after tying his career-high of 38 points a year ago despite playing in a lockout-shortened season. With a cannon of a shot, slick playmaking skills, and a physical edge to his game, the 24 year-old Subban is shaping up to be one of the game's elite defensemen for years to come.