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Montreal Canadiens vs San Jose Sharks game thread

The Habs start their west coast road trip tonight with a visit to the Shark Tank.

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The Habs come into San Jose tonight, a band of brothers left intact and bolstered by some depth additions with three new players acquired today by Marc Bergevin. If you're just brushing up on the news, the Habs added defensman Jeff Petry, and forwards Brian Flynn and Torrey Mitchell. P.A. Parenteau will be penciled back in the lineup for his first game since January 15, as Michael Bournival was sent back to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

San Jose is playing for their playoff lives, 2 points behind the Calgary Flames with 1 more game played. The Sharks still have a chance to make the playoffs, and have been tanking it for the last two weeks with a record of 2-7-1, reducing their playoff chances by a whopping 27% over that period from 40% to 13%. The competition for the last spot in the Western Conference playoffs is being hotly competed for between three teams, the Flames, Kings and Sharks, and with the Kings on the rise after a dismal first half to their season, the Sharks are looking to devour every point they can snag between their jaws.

The Habs are rolling, on a 4 game winning streak and having won 7 of their last 10 games. They have 100% probability of making the playoffs, with 87 points in the bank and are 2 points back of 1st place in the NHL, putting them in the race for their first President's Trophy since 1977-78 when they finished the season with 129 points (59-10-11).

The puck drops at 10:00PM EST.

In Canada (English): Sportsnet East
In Canada (French): RDS
In the Sharks Region: CSN-CA
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Brendan Gallagher
Lars Eller Tomas Plekanec Alex Galchenyuk
Brandon Prust Jacob de la Rose Devante Smith-Pelly
P.A. Parenteau Manny Malholtra Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Sergei Gonchar Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu Tom Gilbert
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

ScratchedMike Weaver, Brian Flynn, Torrey Mitchell
Alexei Emelin (upper-body)

San Jose Sharks Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Joe Pavelski Joe Thornton Melker Karlsson
Patrick Marleau Logan Couture Matt Nieto
Tomas Hertl Chris Tierney Tommy Wingels
John Scott Ben Smith Barclay Goodrow
Left Defense
Right Defense
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon Justin Braun
Matt Irwin Scott Hannan
Alex Stalock
Antti Niemi

Scratched: Tyler Kennedy, Mirco Mueller
Injuries: Mike Brown (broken fibula), Raffi Torres (knee)

Check out the enemy over at Fear the Fin.