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Canadiens vs Penguins: Preseason — Game thread, how to watch, roster & lines

Tonight's game at the Centre Videotron in Québec City is shaping up to be a very interesting contest.

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Although there are no real points on the line, with the Habs having cut almost 30 players from its roster over the weekend, the competition for spots in the big team's lineup is heating up.

One key competition - that being the competition to be Carey Price's back-up - will be given a rest tonight as Carey will be given the net for an entire game to give him some tune-up time for a full 60 minutes. Another player making a strong case for his place on the team, Tomas Fleischmann, is slotted to return to the lineup tonight.

Fleischmann had a goal and assist last Thursday against his former team, and will get another chance to solidify himself a place within the Montreal Canadiens. Charles Hudon is also getting another opportunity to make his case for a place in the lineup. It seems like a familiar formula to pit the youth against the veterans. Hudon is one of a few young players not cut from the team over the weekend, and has been given a chance play among veterans tonight, though he will center his own line alongside another notable prospect in Nikita Scherbak who is slotted in to play his first preseason action as he has been nursing a lower body injury.

The Penguins will be without their top-three scoring threats. So this means no Crosby, no Malkin, and most profoundly tragic, no Phil Kessel in the lineup tonight. Instead, the Pens will be handing the opportunity to play in their native province to their francophone players, with Pascal Dupuis, David Perron and Marc-Andre Fleury all in the lineup, as well as undrafted 21-year old Jean-Sebastian Dea who was acquired by the Pens as an undrafted free agent in 2013-14.

Given the setting and context for tonight's game, it should be an exciting affair, especially with the regular season so near - less than 10 days now.

The puck drops at 7:00 PM EDT.

In the Canadiens Region (French): RDS
In the Canadiens Region (English): Sportsnet East

Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter/ NHL Center Ice

Radio: TSN 690

Lineups for tonight have not been announced. Here's a look at the team rosters instead. A lot of star power on the Habs side with pretty much their full, regular defensive corps dressed. There will be strong lines up front with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk centering the top two lines.

Check out the enemy over at PensBurgh.