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Canadiens vs Coyotes Game Thread, Lines, & TV schedule

Can the Habs get back on the winning track?

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After making their tour of California, and coming out of the Golden State with one of six points, the Habs have moved east to the Arizona desert, known also as Glendale, to take on a team that has been one of the worst in the NHL and even more so to be considered "a team of the future" after having exchanged most of its top players for draft picks at the trade deadline.

The Habs had a chance to regroup yesterday with a practice in which Michel Therrien has shifted his lines somewhat. The familiar trio of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais, and Dale Weise will be back together on the top line, while Tomas Plekanec centers a line between Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher.

Although this is more than likely a road-trip the Habs will want to forget, winning tonight will keep them first in the Eastern Conference and move them inches closer to the President’s Trophy race being led by the Anaheim Ducks. The Habs have not lost four games in a row this year, which is why they are in this position, atop the Eastern Conference with games in hand on those chasing them. Beaten in their last three games, the Habs do not want to leave the desert with their tails between their legs.

The puck drops at 7:00PM EST.

In Canada (English): City TV
In Canada (French): TVA
In the Coyotes Region: FS-A-Plus
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live


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

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

Arizona Coyotes Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Martin Erat Kyle Chipchura Shane Doan
Tobais Rieder Mark Arcobello Sam Gagner
Lauri Korpikoski Craig Cunningham David Moss
Tie McGinn Joe Vitale B.J. Crombeen
Left Defense
Right Defense
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Michael Stone
John Moore Connor Murphy
Klas Dahlbeck Andrew Campbell
Goaltenders
Mike Smith
Louis Domingue

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