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Canadiens vs Stars game thread

With the All-Star Festivities behind us, the Habs hit the ice tonight against a different team of Stars.

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The last time these two teams met the Habs were on one of their worst streaks of the year. The 4-1 loss to the Stars was their sixth in seven games. It marked a low point for the season, but it was fortunately followed by a surge of wins. Since that Saturday night dismantling in Dallas, the Canadiens have won 12 of 16 and have only lost consecutive games once.

This is the start of the busy part of the regular season, with the Habs playing four games in the next six days, including back-to-back home games this weekend. The Dallas Stars are an offensive team that doesn't seem all that interested in defense, which can either play into the Habs' favour, or their demise, especially if we see a performance like they gave against Nashville last week, when they recorded only  four shots in the first period. Carey Price may have to put up the "wall" to give the boys a chance to get their legs going, which seems to be the continued theme of this team, making us pull out our hair for twenty minutes before seeing them hit their stride in the second and third period.

The Habs welcome Travis Moen back to the Bell Center tonight. The former Hab will be playing his first game back in Montreal since he was traded to the Stars on November 11 for Sergei Gonchar.

The teams hit the ice at 7:30 PM EST.

In Canada (English): Sportsnet East

In Canada (French):  RDS

In the Stars Region: Fox Sports Southwest

Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Tomas Plekanec Dale Weise
Alex Galchenyuk David Desharnais Brendan Gallagher
Jiri Sekac Lars Eller Brandon Prust
Michaël Bournival Manny Malhotra Christian Thomas
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Nathan Bealieu Sergei Gonchar
Alexi Emelin Tom Gilbert
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Mike Weaver

Injuries: P.A. Parenteau (concussion)

The Stars' lines have been updated, thanks CamaLamaDD.

Dallas Stars Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Jamie Benn Tyler Seguin Patrick Eaves
Shawn Horcoff Jason Spezza Ales Hemsky
Antoine Roussel Cody Eakin Ryan Garbutt
Travis Moen Vernon Fiddler Colton Sceviour
Left Defense
Right Defense
Jordie Benn Alex Goligoski
Trevor Daley Jason Demers
Jyrki Jokipakka Jamie Oleksiak
Kari Lehtonen
Anders Lindback

Scratched: John Klingberg, David Schlemko, Erik Cole

Injuries: Patrick Nemeth (arm), Valeria Nichushkin (groing), Richer Peverly (heart-related issues), Brett Rithcie (undisclosed)

Check out the opposing side at Defending Big D.