Canadiens vs Avalanche game thread

Doug Pensinger

The Avalanche have gone 7-3 in their last ten, and the circus returns to town with the appearance of Patrick Roy.

There aren't any roster changes tonight, except for the return of Carey Price to the lineup. Brian Gionta practiced on the third line with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk, whereas spark plug Brendan Gallagher was slotted onto the second line alongside Tomas Plekanec.

Douglas Murray is once again left aside (Thank Maurice Richard!), which means that Francis Bouillon will continue to get top minutes. However it's worth noting that Bouillon has played reasonably well after his month and a half hiatus.

Giguere gets the start in net for the Avalanche, a team that has somehow managed to hold onto a home ice advantage playoff position despite producing very poor possession stats.

A paper tiger or a legitimate outlier? I guess we'll see.

Puck drop is at 7:30 PM EST.

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Thomas Vanek
Daniel Briere Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Lars Eller Brian Gionta
Travis Moen Brandon Prust Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov Alexei Emelin
Francis Bouillon P.K. Subban
Jarred Tinordi Mike Weaver
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Peter Budaj

Scratches: Douglas Murray, Rene Bourque, George Parros, Ryan White

Injuries: Michael Bournival (concussion, day-to-day), Josh Gorges (fractured hand, 1 week)

As for the Avalanche:

Colorado Avalanche Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Ryan O'Reilly Matt Duchene Jamie McGinn
Gabriel Landeskog Paul Statsny Nathan MacKinnon
Cody McLeod John Mitchell Maxime Talbot
Paul Carey Brad Malone Patrick Bordeleau
Left Defense
Right Defense
Jan Hejda Erik Johnson
Nick Holden Tyson Barrie
Andre Benoit Nate Guenin
Goaltenders
J-S. Giguere
Semyon Varlamov

Check out the opposing side at Mile High Hockey.

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