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.
|Max Pacioretty||David Desharnais||PA Parenteau|
|Alex Galchenyuk||Tomas Plekanec||Brendan Gallagher|
|Rene Bourque||Lars Eller||Jiri Sekac|
|Brandon Prust||Manny Malhotra||Travis Moen|
|Alexei Emelin||P.K. Subban|
|Andrei Markov||Tom Gilbert|
|Nathan Beaulieu||Mike Weaver|
Scratched: Dale Weise, Michael Bournival, Jarred Tinordi
|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|
|Karl Alzner||Matt Niskanen|
|Brooks Orpik||John Carlson|
|Jack Hillen||Nate Schmidt|
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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