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Canadiens vs Sharks: Game Thread, Lines, & TV Schedule

With 10 games remaining, the Habs come into tonight's game atop the Eastern Conference with 97 points.

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Winning less than they have been losing over the past ten games (4-4-2), the Canadiens sit atop the Eastern Conference, up 2 points on the New York Rangers who hold 3 games at hand. The Habs are toiling lately, grinding out wins against teams like the Florida Panthers, and barely coming away with the win. A 4-0 win against Carolina Thursday was a flash of dominance the Habs are capable of, though against a team that was 34 points below them in the standings.

This is the 3rd game of a 7 game road-trip for the Sharks who lost in Winnipeg on Tuesday and won on Thursday in Toronto. The Habs haven't scored against the Sharks since December 2, 2011 when this was Pierre Gauthier's team. Tonight's game is important for the win column, and playoff positioning, and very much for pride. With so many teams chasing the same goal at this time of year, team cohesion and individual confidence are the keys to the castle.

The Habs have a lot to be proud of this year, most notably, Carey Price enters the game tonight trying to capture his 40th win of a season for the first time in his career. With a record of 39-15-4, .937 sv %, 1.89 GAA and 8 shutouts, Carey Price is staging one of the best goaltending performances in NHL history. It goes without saying that too much of this team's success depends on Carey Price, but with numbers like these, it's hard not to start dreaming of what's possible when the snow melts. But first, the Habs have the Sharks in front of them, and if they can't score again, even the greatest heroics from Carey Price will be in vain.

The puck drops at 7:00 PM EST. Jeff Petry is in tonight in place of Nathan Beaulieu.

In Canada (English):  CBC
In Canada (French):  TVA
In the Sharks region: CSN-CA
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live


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

Scratched: Mike Weaver, Sergei Gonchar, Nathan Beaulieu
Injuries:
Torrey Mitchell (upper body), Brian Flynn (upper body)

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

Scratched: Scott Hannan, John Scott
Injuries: Mike Brown (broken fibula), Raffi Torres (knee)

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