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Canadiens vs. Bruins: Game Thread, roster, lines, and how to watch

The Canadiens are in Boston to take on the Bruins.

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The Canadiens left Toronto on Wednesday with a sense of accomplishment, having notched their first win of the season. On pace for an 82-0-0 start, maintaining that level of perfection is not the task at hand, but with their business-like approach, the Canadiens are in Boston tonight taking it "one game at a time".

Wednesday's victory in Toronto was factored by the players who needed to make the difference. Given it's been a while since the Canadiens have boasted a lineup this talented and strong, and more importantly, so cohesive, seeing the Canadiens' top players perform in the clutch was a good sign of what can be this season. There are a few parts still hanging on the fringe, such as Alexander Semin, who by most opinions had a hard time in his first game as a Hab.

The Bruins are much different team than they were a year ago. Don Sweeney is now the GM, and he's already made his imprint on his team's roster by sending away Milan Lucic and replacing him with former Anaheim Duck and 20-goal scorer Matt Beleksey. Zdeno Chara is nursing a minor injury and Dennis Seidenberg is still recovering from back surgery, leaving another void in an already ambiguous Boston Bruins identity that the Canadiens should look to exploit tonight.

This is the first of back-to-back games for the Canadiens who head to Ottawa tomorrow to play the Senators. It's already been confirmed that Mike Condon will get the start on Sunday, which is a good move given Carey Price will probably still face a lot of shots tonight given the Canadiens allowed what was supposed to be an inferior Leafs team to fire off 37 shots on net. According to John Lu, Paul Byron was doubling with Brian Flynn on the fourth line in practice this morning. He may see his first action as a member of Montreal Canadiens tonight.

The puck drops at 7PM EDT.

How To Watch:

Start time: 7:00 PM ET

In Canada (French): TVA Sport

In Canada (English): Sportsnet

In the Bruins' region: NESN

Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Lars Eller Alex Galchenyuk Alexander Semin
Tomas Fleischmann David Desharnais Dale Weise
Brian Flynn Torrey Mitchell Devante Smith-Pelly
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu Tom Gilbert
Carey Price
Mike Condon

Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Jarred Tinordi, Paul Byron
Michael Bournival (post-concussion syndrome)

Boston Bruins Leafs Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron Loui Eriksson
Matt Beleksey David Krejci David Pastrnak
Jimmy Hayes Ryan Spooner Brett Connolly
Zac Rinaldo Chris Kelly Maxime Talbot
Left Defense
Right Defense
Torey Krug Adam McQuaid
Matt Irwin Kevan Miller
Joe Morrow Colin Miller
Tukka Rask
Jonas Gustavsson

Scratched: Tyler Randell, Colin Miller
Injuries: Zdeno Chara (upper body), Dennis Seidengery (back)

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