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Canadiens vs Capitals game thread

Can the Canadiens start the year 2-0?

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The Canadiens got off to a quick start to the 2014-15 regular season, notching a win to spoil the Maple Leafs' home opener. They'll look to make it two spoiled home openers in a row tonight, as they face the Capitals.

Coach Michel Therrien won't be making many roster changes, except that he'll be handing over goaltending duties to his new backup, Dustin Tokarski. This will Tokarski's fourth career regular season start for the Canadiens. Travis Moen will replace Dale Weise on the fourth line.

On the other side of the fence, the Habs will need to keep an eye on talented forward Andre Burakovsky, who will be centering Washington's second line, even though he's a natural winger. Mike Green will not start for the Caps, due to an 'upper body injury'.

The Habs have struggled against the Caps since eliminating them from the playoffs in 2010, going 3-9-2 in that span, including getting shutout five times.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais PA Parenteau
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Rene Bourque Lars Eller Jiri Sekac
Brandon Prust Manny Malhotra Travis Moen
Left Defense
Right Defense
Alexei Emelin P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov Tom Gilbert
Nathan Beaulieu Mike Weaver
Dustin Tokarski
Carey Price

Scratched: Dale Weise, Michael Bournival, Jarred Tinordi

Washington Capitals projected lineup:
Left Wing
Right Wing
Alex Ovechkin Nicklas Backstrom Eric Fehr
Marcus Johansson Andre Burakovsky Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera Brooks Laich Joel Ward
Liam O'Brien Evgeny Kuznetsov Chris Brown
Left Defense
Right Defense
Karl Alzner Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik John Carlson
Jack Hillen Nate Schmidt
Braden Holtby
Justin Peters

Scratched: John Erskine, Michael Latta . Injured: Mike Green.

Puck drop is at 7:00 EST, at the Verizon Center. The game will be carried on TV by Sportsnet 360, RDS, and CSN-DC.

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