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

The Habs are 1-9-0 in their past ten games. Tonight, they face the team that overtook them as first time in the East when this slump began.

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As a result of a 1-9-0 stretch since December 5, the Habs have erased the narrative of hope and joy surrounding the team, and turned a fanbase united only weeks ago into one bickering about what is wrong, and what to do. Whether the coach should be fired, or why this is just one person's fault. Others look at the stats and scratch their heads. This has to be back luck, right?

On the gamesheet, the Habs have been playing decently, and if you were to read the games based on the data alone, the Canadiens appear to be suffering from the effects of bad PDO (shooting percentage + save percentage). When that happens, you lose, so logically this is what is happening. The Canadiens team save percentage is currently .910, which goes to show that it's very difficult for two back-up goalies to fill a role in a system designed around MVP-level goaltending.

The Canadiens are on the road for their fourth of eight on the road-trip, and will be taking on a team with the best team save percentage in the league at .924, and arguable the best goalie in the league right now in Braden Holtby. The Habs were able to beat Holtby twice in their last outing, which is slightly above his current goals-against average of 1.96.

The Canadiens did play very well in that game, outshooting the Caps 35-19 on 73 shot attempts in the 3-2 loss. Alex Ovechkin was held to a single shot, and the Caps as a whole were held to just 43 shot attempts.

The Caps are in the midst of a six-game winning streak, and sit atop the Eastern Conference with 54 points, 9 points up on the Habs who hold the Atlantic Division lead by only one point with more games played than the teams chasing them.

Mike Condon gets the start tonight after a solid performance in Tuesday's game against the Wild in which he allowed 2 goals on 22 shots. Jeff Petry is back in the lineup, after missing two games due to an upper body injury sustained in Dallas. This stabilizes the Habs' defense, giving them a better chance tonight to put a stop to their five-game losing streak.

The puck drops at 7:00 PM EST.

How To Watch:
In Canada (French): TVAS
In Canada (English): CBC, CITY
In the Capitals' region: CSN-DC
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Dale Weise
Lars Eller Alex Galchenyuk Daniel Carr
Tomas Fleischmann Tomas Plekanec Paul Byron
Brian Flynn Torrey Mitchell Devante Smith-Pelly
Left Defense
Right Defense
Nathan Beaulieu P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov Jeff Petry
Alexei Emelin Jarred Tinordi
Mike Condon
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Sven Andrighetto
Carey Price (lower body) Brendan Gallagher (broken fingers), Tom Gilbert (lower body)

Washington Capitals Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Alex Ovechkin Nicklas Backstrom T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson Evgeny Kuznetsov Justin Williams
Jason Chimera Jay Beagle Tom Wilson
Brooks Laich Michael Latta Andre Burakovsky
Left Defense
Right Defense
Nate Schmidt John Carlson
Karl Alzner Matt Niskanen
Dmitry Orlov Taylor Chorney
Braden Holtby
Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Stanislav Galiev, Connor Carrick
Injuries: Brooks Orpik (lower body)

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