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

The Habs can tie an NHL record tonight with a win in Vancouver by starting the season 10-0-0.

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Last year whenever we talked about setting records, it usually involved Carey Price breaking some Canadiens franchise record. This year, the Canadiens have a chance at tying the league record for most wins to start a season if they are able to capture their 10th win in a row tonight in Vancouver.

There's reason to be optimistic that the Habs can pull this off tonight, as they face a Canucks team that is at the end of a 5-game home-stand where they have lost every single game (0-2-2). The Canucks started the year as one of the top teams in the league, but now find themselves ranked somewhere in the middle with a record 3-2-3. Factor in that Vancouver is the home-ground of both Carey Price and Brendan Gallagher, and it might seem like the Canucks are ripe for the taking to give the Canadiens their historic 10th win in a row.

On the other hand, the Canucks will be motivated to rebound against the best team in the league. As a season ebbs and flows, certain games stand out as opportunities to make statements, and this will undoubtedly be the the attitude of the Canucks tonight when they welcome the Habs to Rogers Arena. Add to this the fact that the Habs looked to have strayed from their game plan over the last 2 games, having allowed 88 shots on net in the last 2 games on 146 shot attempts (while putting up 53 shots on net on 136 shot attempts), there is some cause for concern that the Canadiens are reverting back to their old ways.

The puck drops at 10:00PM EDT.

How To Watch:

In the Canadiens' region (French): RDS
In the Canadiens' region (English): City M
In the Canucks' region (English): SNV
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)

Vancouver Canucks Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Radim Vrbata
Alexander Burrows Brandon Sutter Jannik Hansen
Sven Baertschi Bo Hovart Jake Virtanen
Brandon Prust Jared McCann Adamn Cracknell
Left Defense
Right Defense
Alexander Edler Christopher Tanev
Dan Hamhuis Yannick Weber
Ben Hutton Luca Sbisa
Ryan Miller
Richard Bachman

Scratched: Adamn Cracknell, Matt Bartkowski
Injuries: Chris Higgins (foot), Jacob Markstrom (hamstring)

Check out the enemy over at Nucks Misconduct.