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Fresh off their beatdown of the Red Wings, the Canadiens look to defeat Chicago in the Windy City.

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The Montreal Canadiens have played their two best games of the season in the past two outings and look to keep up the momentum against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight on Hometown Hockey.

In those two games, the Habs have outshot and outplayed their opponent. While the ‘Hawks are still a very talented group, they are no longer as formidable as they used to be and have looked more human this year. That is not to say they are not a good team, and with Corey Crawford playing as well as he is, they are capable of beating anyone.

On the other hand, Andrew Shaw is making his return to the organization that drafted him, and where he won two Stanley Cups. Phillip Danault also makes his return to Chicago after being traded for two pending unrestricted free agents ahead of last year’s trade deadline. Al Montoya, a Chicago native, is returning to the net for the first time since he allowed all 10 goals in a 10-0 drubbing at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Puck Drop is 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST

How to watch

Canada (English): Sportsnet
Canada (French): TVA Sports
Blackhawks Region: WGN
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecentre Live, NHL Centre Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Paul Byron Alex Galchenyuk Alexander Radulov
Sven Andrighetto Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Max Pacioretty Phillip Danault Andrew Shaw
Daniel Carr Torrey Mitchell David Desharnais
Left Defence Right Defence
Alexei Emelin Shea Weber
Andrei Markov Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu Joel Hanley
Goalies
Al Montoya
Carey Price

Scratched: David Desharnais, Greg Pateryn

Injured: Artturi Lehkonen (upper-body injury), Zach Redmond (foot), Brian Flynn (upper-body injury)

Chicago Blackhawks Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Ryan Hartman Jonathan Toews Patrick Kane
Artemi Panarin Artem Anisimov Marian Hossa
Vincent Hinostroza Dennis Rasmussen Nick Schmaltz
Andrew Desjardins Marcus Kruger Richard Panik
Left Defence Right Defence
Duncan Keith Brian Campbell
Michal Kempny Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling Niklas Hjalmarsson
Goalies
Corey Crawford
Scott Darling