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Canadiens vs Avalanche game thread

Habs fly into Denver hoping to put an end to a season high three game losing streak against Calvin Pickard and the Colorado Avalanche

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How could things look dire for a team that is atop the NHL standings and has 16 wins in 25 games? Easy, back-to-back losses to one of the NHL's worst teams, a three game losing streak, and a four game Western road swing. The Habs aren't at a make or break point of the season, but starting off December the right way would stop a lot of fans from pressing the panic button (also not relying so much on defensemen past their best before date would aid and abet this as well).

The Habs will make minimal changes to their lineup. Bournival is still injured and no one has been called up from Hamilton. So the only call is Tom Gilbert dressing in place of Bryan Allen.

The Avalanche have a huge list of injured players, but aside from Varlamov and Jamie McGinn, the injuries are mostly to their bottom six. The Avalanche have been flying high winning 3 of their last four with Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie leading the way. Barrie's impact has further underlined how much the Avs missed him in last year's playoffs.

Carey Price is expected to return to the net for the Habs tonight in Denver. He'll be facing Calvin Pickard at the opposite end.

This weekend I decided to become a Buffalo Bills fan because I needed to bring more frustration into my life. At least I'm not a Jays fan right?

Puck drop is at 9:00 PM EST (10:30 PM In Newfoundland!)

In the Habs region: Sportsnet-East

In the Habs region (French): RDS

In the AVs region: Altitude

Elsewhere: NHL Gamcenter Live or NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais PA Parenteau
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Brandon Prust Lars Eller Jiri Sekac
Dale Weise Manny Malhotra Eric Tangradi
Left Defense
Right Defense
Alexei Emelin
P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov
Sergei Gonchar
Tom Gilbert Mike Weaver
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Bryan Allen

Injured: Michael Bournival

As for the Colorado Avalanche, they'll have their say with:

Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Alex Tanguay Matt Duchene Ryan O'Reilly
Gabriel Landeskog Nathan MacKinnon Jarome Iginla
Maxim Talbot Michael Sgarbossa Daniel Briere
Cody McLeod Colin Smith Tomas Vincour
Left Defense
Right Defense
Jan Hejda Erik Johnson
Nate Guenin Tyson Barrie
Nick Holden Zach Remond
Calvin Pickard
Reto Berra

Injured: Jesse Winchester, Semyon Varlamov, Patrick Bordeleau, Brad Stuart, Ryan Wilson Jamie McGinn, Dennis Everberg, John Mitchell, Marc-Andre Cliche

Check out the opposing side at Mile High Hockey