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Canadiens vs Coyotes game thread

Thomas Vanek joins the fray, as Peter Budaj looks to earn Montreal another win during their west coast trip.

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Newly acquired Vanek joins the team tonight, as Montreal looks to win it's second straight game versus a Western Conference opponent. It's unsure what the lineup will look like, and we won't know until the pre-game warm up.

Eller might sit again, however it's likely that George Parros slots out in favour of the newly acquired Vanek. While you're waiting for the game to start you can read up on the implications of Vanek on the roster.

Mike Weaver is expected to jump into the roster as well, due to Josh Gorges returning to Montreal to get further evaluation on his fractured hand.

Budaj gets the start tonight, after getting a break last night during Tokarski's first NHL win in a Habs jersey.

Puck drop is at 9:00 PM.

Here are your projected lineups:

Montreal Canadiens Prospective Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Thomas Vanek Tomas Plekanec Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Lars Eller Daniel Briere
Travis Moen Ryan White Rene Bourque
Left Defense
Right Defense
Jarred Tinordi P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov Alexei Emelin
Douglas Murray Mike Weaver
Peter Budaj
Dustin Tokarski

Scratches: Dale Weise, George Parros

Injuries: Michael Bournival (concussion day-to-day), Carey Price (groin, injured reserve), Brandon Prust (shoulder, day-to-day), Josh Gorges (fractured hand, 1-2 weeks)

As for the Coyotes:

Phoenix Coyotes Prospective Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Mikkel Boedker Mike Ribeiro Shane Doan
Martin Erat Antoine Vermette Radim Vrbata
Brandon McMillan Jeff Halpern Rob Klinkhammer
David Moss Kyle Chipchura Paul Bissonnette
Left Defense
Right Defense
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Zbynek Michalek
Keith Yandle Derek Morris
David Schlemko Michael Stone
Mike Smith
Thomas Greiss

Check out the opposing side at Five for Howling.

The game will be available on RDS, TSN-Habs and Fox Sports Arizona.