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Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty (eye) will play against New York Rangers in NHL playoffs

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Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) celebrates his goal with the Montreal Canadiens bench. Pacioretty took part in the Canadiens' optional morning skate Wednesday morning, indicating his return to the lineup. File photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI
Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) celebrates his goal with the Montreal Canadiens bench. Pacioretty took part in the Canadiens' optional morning skate Wednesday morning, indicating his return to the lineup. File photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty will be in the lineup Wednesday night when his team hosts the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Rookie Michael McCarron's high stick caught Pacioretty near the eye during Tuesday's practice, leaving the 28-year-old forward in question for the series opener.

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Pacioretty erased any doubt by attending Wednesday morning's optional skate with his teammates.

"Things like that are dangerous," forward Alex Galchenyuk said. "It was an unfortunate situation, but he's fine, he's ready to go. That's a positive thing."

Pacioretty, who led the Canadiens in goals (35) and points (67) in 2016-17, scored one goal and set up four others as Montreal swept the three-game regular-seasons series with New York.

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