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Canadiens vs Canucks game thread

Punchless Canadiens look to get back to their winning ways in BC, but it maybe difficult without Lars Eller

Rich Lam

Our third game (of four) this week and I can already see my work mounting and my lack of proper sleep catching up. The things I do for the love of the game.

I wanted to lead off with a photo of Ryan White and Ryan Stanton battling for irrelevancy, but how about this triple low five shot? Doesn't it bring you back? I also wanted to come up with Halloween themed names for the lineups - Mike Cleaver, Scarey Price, Damned Hamhuis, Lars Cellar, Eddie Lacks a Soul, but too much work, too little braiiiinnnnssssss.....

Who'd a thunk that every one of Vancouver's move (or at least most of'em) would pay off - Ryan Miller is playing like Ryan Miller, Linden Vey is a serviceable NHL regular, Radim Vrbata is fantastic,  and Nick Bonino is putting up points at a slightly better clip per game than Ryan Kesler. Things are going pretty well for the Canucks right now.

Things are also going pretty well for Carey Price right now. Since the start of the season his play has steadily improved, he's put up a .923 save percentage through 8 games, and he turned in an incredible outing against the Flames stealing a win for the Habs. Price will get the start tonight against Miller.

No word on lineup changes for Montreal tonight, but something is to be expected after a lacklustre effort from Montreal's skaters on Tuesday night.

There's some lineup changes and they aren't pretty. Lars Eller sits. Michael Bournival draws in. Brandon Prust grabs 3rd line centre and Bournival and Bourque skate on either side of him. Still no Sekac and it's kind of baffling seeing a guy like Eller sit when the team badly needs offensive help. Marc Dumont has a piece on Sekac and whether he should be in Montreal or Hamilton and Andrew Berkshire has a great piece on the inanity of scratching Lars Ellers.

Thought of a few more P.K. Boobban, Ryan Thriller, and Michael Mournival. For some reason Count Plekanec sounds like a great B-movie name. Your turn...

Puck drop is at 10:00 PM ET. You can watch:

In Canada (English): Sportsnet 360
In the Habs' region (French): RDS
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec PA Parenteau
Rene Bourque Brandon Prust Michael Bournival
Travis Moen Manny Malhotra Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Alexei Emelin
P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov
Tom Gilbert
Jarred Tinordi Mike Weaver
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratches: Jiri Sekac, Lars Eller, Nathan Beaulieu

As for the Vancouver Canucks, here's how they're shaping up

Vancouver Canucks Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Radim Vrbata
Chris Higgins Nick Bonino
Alexandre Burrows
Shawn Matthias
Brad Richardson
Zack Kassian
Derek Dorsett
Linden Vey
Jannik Hansen
Left Defense
Right Defense
Alexander Edler
Chris Tanev
Dan Hamhuis Kevin Bieksa
Luca Sbisa
Yannick Weber
Goaltenders
Ryan Miller
Eddie Lack

Injured: Ryan Stanton

Check out the opposing side at Nucks Misconduct