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Canadiens vs Wild game thread & lineups

Canadiens head into parts unknown against the Minnesota Wild

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How do I write a preview for a Canadiens game on a day when the fanbase is clearly preoccupied with thoughts of passing of a legend? Difficult to do and far beyond my abilities as a writer. Needless to say the Canadiens, the NHL, and Canada lost the epitome of class and elegance last night. Jean Beliveau was irreplaceable and as much a part of the Canadian cultural experience as Mordecai Richler or Nos Amours. It's the first game without Beliveau as part of the Canadiens family and it will be a hard one as we head into new territory.

Tom Gilbert in, Bryan Allen out. Ryan Suter out, Christian Folin in. Justin Falk down to Iowa. Michael Bournival expected backed as soon as the weekend. Carey Price in the Montreal end, Darcy Kuemper in the Minnesota end.

See you tonight.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM ET

In Canada: Sportsnet
In Quebec: RDS
In Minnesota: FS-N+
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
Andrei Markov
P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin
Sergei Gonchar
Tom Gilbert
Mike Weaver
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Bryan Allen

Injured: Michael Bournival

As for the Minnesota Wild, here's how they'll look  tonight:

Minnesota Wild Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Zach Parise Mikael Granlund Jason Pominville
Jason Zucker Mikko Koivu Charlie Coyle
Nino Niederreiter Kyle Brodziak Thomas Vanek
Ryan Carter Erik Haula Justin Fontaine
Left Defense
Right Defense
Marco Scandella Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin
Christian Folin
Nate Prosser Keith Ballard
Darcy Kuemper
Niklas Backstrom

Scratched: Stu Bickel

Injured: Matt Cooke, Ryan Suter

Check out the opposing side at Hockey Wilderness