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Canadiens vs Avalance game thread

Game two of the preseason gets underway tonight, as the Habs will face the Avs. Both teams are icing a relatively strong lineup.

Doug Pensinger

A surprisingly strong roster will take the ice tonight for the Montreal Canadiens, as the vast majority of the regulars will suit up to face the Colorado Avalanche. As a bonus, the Avalanche have also submitted a rather strong roster, filled with their usual offensive threats; Matt Duchene, Nate MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O'Reilly.

Montreal's probably regular season first line will take part in tonight's matchup. We'll have to keep an eye on Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and PA Parenteau to see how they do versus actual NHL talent.

Nikita Scherbak will line up on the left wing, beside Alex Galchenyuk, with whom he's shown some instant chemistry in their relatively short usage together. What will likely be the Habs' fourth line come October 8th, will play as Montreal's third line tonight.  To round it off, we'll see a combination of Travis Moen, Charles Hudon and Michael Bournival on the fourth line. Coincidentally, all three of the aforementioned players are fighting for the same final roster spot.

As for the defense, given that Andrei Markov and Tom Gilbert played versus the Bruins, they'll sit out this game. We'll see PK Subban playing with Alexei Emelin, and Mike Weaver paired with Nathan Beaulieu. All four of them should be in the lineup once the final cuts are made. Interestingly, Greg Pateryn will play his second game in a row, taking Francis Bouillon's place alongside Davis Drewiske.

Puck drop is at 7:30 PM EST, at the Bell Centre.

The game will be carried on TV by RDS.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais PA Parenteau
Nikita Scherbak Alex Galchenyuk Brendan Gallagher
Brandon Prust Manny Malhotra Christian Thomas
Travis Moen Charles Hudon Michael Bournival
Left Defense
Right Defense
Alexei Emelin P.K. Subban
Nathan Beaulieu Mike Weaver
Davis Drewiske Greg Pateryn
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Peter Budaj

Colorado Avalanche projected lineup:
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Ryan O'Reilly Matt Duchene Renda Rendulic
Gabriel Landeskog Nathan MacKinnon Jesse Winchester
Cody McLeod Max Talbot Ben Street
Dennis Everberg Marc-Andre Cliche Daniel Maggio
Left Defense
Right Defense
Nick Holden Tyson Barrie
Bruno Gervais Nate Guenin
Ryan Wilson Zach Redmond
Goaltenders
Reto Berra
Roman Will

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