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

The Habs look to avoid their first three-game losing streak when they host the Vancouver Canucks.

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You cannot discount that 9-0 start the Canadiens had to their 2015-16 season. The 18 points collected over the first three-and-a-half weeks of October pole-vaulted the Habs into a first-place position that looked almost uncontestable. But since going 9-0, the Habs have gone 4-3-2 in their last eight games, and are now second in the Eastern Conference behind the New York Rangers (who are in the midst of their own winning streak, that was extended to nine last night).

The Habs will get a chance to prevent their first three-game losing streak tonight by welcoming the team that stopped their perfect season-opening run at nine: the Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks are a "beatable" team, with a record of 7-6-5, and have been on the road since November 7th. This will be their sixth game of a seven-game Eastern Conference road trip. The Canucks are 1-3-1 on the trip thus far, including a loss Saturday to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Brandon Prust was supposed to make his return to the Bell Centre tonight, but is still nursing an ankle injury he sustained when the Habs visited the Canucks at the end of October. Prust had two assists in the game.

The Canadiens will be icing the exact same lineup that saw them out-shoot the Colorado Avalanche 40-24 in a 6-1 loss.

The puck drops at 7:30 PM EST.

How To Watch:
In Canada (French): RDS
In Canada (English): Sportsnet East
In the Canucks' region: Sportsnet Pacific
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
Nathan Beaulieu Jeff Petry
Tom Gilbert Greg Pateryn
Mike Condon
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Jarred Tinordi, Paul Byron
Carey Price (lower body), Alexander Semin (lower body), Michael Bournival (post-concussion syndrome)

Vancouver Canucks Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Jannik Hansen
Sven Baertschi Bo Hovart Jake Virtanen
Chris Higgins Jared McCann Radmin Vrbata
Hunter Shinkaruk Adam Cracknell Derek Dorsett
Left Defense
Right Defense
Alexander Edler Christopher Tanev
Dan Hamhuis Yannick Weber
Ben Hutton Matt Bartkowski
Jacob Markstrom
Ryan Miller

Scratched: None
Injuries: Luca Sbisa (undisclosed), Brandon Prust (ankle) Brandon Sutter (undisclosed), Alexandre Burrows (personal reasons)

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