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Canadiens vs. Blackhawks: Preseason — Thread, roster & lines

Time for some more hockey!

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After going over 4 months without seeing the Habs play a game, the Canadiens will play their second game in two nights, and second game of a 3-game-in-3-nights stretch as they head to Toronto tomorrow to take on the Leafs.

Most players who were in the game last night will sit this evening, with the exception of Charles Hudon, Brian Flynn, Nathan Beaulieu and Bret Lernout. Despite taking the Capitals to overtime last night, the Canadiens were outshot 43-25, even though they threw 53 shots towards the net (while giving up 64 shot attempts to the Capitals).

The Blackhawks have played 2 preseason games thus far, both against the Red Wings, winning the first match in overtime 5-4, and then dropping their encounter Wednesday night by a score of 4-1. As this is a cross-border away game for the Blackhawks, a few key players will be missing from their lineup including Jonathan Teows and Patrick Kane who did not make the trip to Montreal.

This will be another good opportunity for the Canadiens to work on aspects of their game that at this point in a season - 2 preseason games under the belt - are still sloppy and needing more time on the ice to refine, such as the powerplay, which went 1/5 last night against the Caps, and actually looked decent considering there has not been much time to make improvements over the last couple of days since Dan Lacroix was moved off of powerplay coaching duties and replaced by JJ Daignealt and Craig Ramsey.

The puck drops at 7:30 PM EST.

Canadiens' Region (Frech): RDS
Canadiens' Region (English): Sportsnet East
In the Blackhawks region: CSN-CH+
In the U.S.: NHLN-US

On the radio: TSN 690

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Brian Flynn Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Jacob De La Rose Torrey Mitchell Zack Kassian
Daniel Carr Charles Hudon Devante Smith-Pelly
Nicolas Blanchard Gabriel Dumont Jeremy Gregoire
Left Defense
Right Defense
Alexei Emelin Jeff Petry
Ryan Jonston Mark Barberio
Nathan Beaulieu Brett Lernout
Carey Price
Zachary Fucale

For the Chicago Blackhawks lineup, there's no specific lines available at the moment. Here's a complete listing of the rosters that we'll see in the game tonight:

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