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Canadiens vs Kings game thread

Time to take down the Monarchy

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Just like the San Jose Sharks, who handed the Habs one of their worst losses of the year, the Los Angeles Kings are fighting for their playoff lives. Unlike the Sharks, who haven't exactly been playing their best hockey at this point in the season, the Kings have turned their season around and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.

Although the Kings have cooled down a little from their 8-0-0 run that ended last week when the Ottawa Senators beat them 1-0, the Kings have one of the best one-two punches at Center with Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter, as well as an incredible offensive blue-line led by Drew Doughty, and improved with the addition of Andrei Sekera.

Michel Therrien was quick to downplay the loss against the Ducks last night by by putting all of his praise on Ducks goaltender John Gibson. To paraphrase, the coach believed his team played well with one of the NHL's elite teams but the Ducks' goaltending made all the difference. It sounds like a familiar narrative for Habs fans: a team comes into the rink and plays a great game but cannot beat the goalie. This time around, Michel Therrien found himself on the losing side of that all familiar story.

The puck drops at 10:30PM EST.

In Canada (English): Sportsnet East
In Canada (French): RDS
In the Kings Region: FS-W
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 Dale Weise
Lars Eller Jacob de la Rose Devante Smith-Pelly
Brandon Prust Brian Flynn Torrey Mitchell
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Nathan Beaulieu Mike Weaver
Jeff Petry Tom Gilbert
Goaltenders
Dustin Tokarski
Carey Price

Scratched: Sergei Gonchar, Manny Malholtra,  P.A. Parenteau
Injuries:
Alexei Emelin (upper-body),

Los Angeles Kings Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Marian Gaborik Anze Kopitar Trevor Lewis
Dwight King Jeff Carter Tyler Toffoli
Dustin Brown Jerret Stoll Justin Williams
Kyle Clifford Nick Shore Jordan Nolan
Left Defense
Right Defense
Jake Muzzin Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr Andrej Sekera
Brayden McNabb Matt Greene
Goaltenders
Jonathan Quick
Martin Jones

Scratched: Andy Andreoff, Jamie McBain
Injuries: Alec Martinez (concussion-like symptoms), Tanner Pearson (broken left fibula)

Check out the enemy over at Jewels From the Crown.