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

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After their first loss of the season, the Canadiens look to bounce back for their 10th win tonight in Edmonton.

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So the Canadiens were not able to tie the NHL record for most wins in a row to start a season, and if you were on social media at all after the loss to Vancouver Tuesday night, you might have forgotten that the Habs are 9-1-0, and ranked first in the NHL, up 3 points on the Nashville Predators, and up 4 points on the closest team in the Eastern Conference (the New York Rangers) by 4 points. As well, the Habs have scored the most goals in the league (36) and are ranked 1st in goals-against/game (1.70).

The Canadiens will have a chance to get their 10th win of the season tonight when they head to Edmonton to take on a team that has been in terminal flux for about 5 years now. With its crop of elite prospects that include the likes of Taylor Hall, Connor McDavid, Nail Yakupov and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the Oilers still find themselves in familiar territory,  4 games under .500 (3-7-0) and 5th in the Pacific Division. The Oilers began their season on a 4-game losing streak, then went on a 3 game run, and are now in the midst of a 3-game losing streak. The Oilers are coming off two 1-goal losses, one at the hands of the L.A. Kings, and the other at the hands of the Minnesota Wild. So, although they have trended downwards in the standings, a positivist may find a way to spin those losses into "quality losses", although the OIlers gave up 3rd period lead to the Wild on Tuesday in the loss.

The Canadiens will want to use the return-to-form we saw in Tuesday's loss in Vancouver to overcome a team that is still finding its footing. The Oilers have been a streaky team thus far, and the Habs will be hungry to respond to Tuesday's loss with a strong performance tonight that will produce the winning results we've seen otherwise this season.

There will be one lineup change tonight, with Alex Semin out and Paul Byron in. Semin has 3 points (1G, 2A) in 10 games played alongside Alex Galchenyuk (7 points, 1G, 6A) and Lars Eller (4 points, 3G, 1A). Carey Price will start tonight. The move will see Brian Flynn moved up to the second line (while Byron is slotted to the play on the 4th line). Flynn has been very active with 18 shots on net this season (8th on the team, and 1 less than Alex Galchenyuk) and has shown the kind of tenacity that Michel Therrien generally rewards with top-line minutes.

The puck drops at 9:00PM EDT.

How To Watch:

In the Canadiens' region (French): RDS
Regionally (English): Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Ontario
In Canada (English): SN360
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice

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

Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Jarred Tinordi, Alexander Semin
Injuries:
Michael Bournival (post-concussion syndrome)

Edmonton Oilers Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Leon Draisaitl
Benoit Pouliot Connor McDavid Nail Yakupov
Iiro Pakarinen Anton Lander Teddy Purcell
Andrew Ference Mark Letestu Anton Slepyshev
Left Defense
Right Defense
Darnell Nurse Oscar Klefbom
Andrej Sekera Mark Fayne
Brandon Davidson Eric Gryba
Goaltenders
Cam Talbot
Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Andrew Ference, Luke Gazdic
Injuries: Jordan Eberle (shoulder), Matt Hendricks (foot), Griffin Reinhart (undisclosed), Justin Schultz (undisclosed)

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