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Canadiens vs. Avalanche Game thread, rosters, lines and how to watch

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With their captain, Gabriel Landeskog, returning to the lineup tonight, the Colorado Avalanche look to beat the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

While the Avalanche are getting their captain back, the talk surrounding the Canadiens’ lineup is who is not there. The Habs have lost their top two offensive centres to injury, with both Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais out for at least six weeks. The Canadiens are not changing their lineup from their dominant win against the New Jersey Devils, but they have recalled Mark Barberio and Michael McCarron to help fill in some of the holes the injuries have created.

On the other side, the Avalanche have struggled this season, as they have in recent years. That is not to say they are not a dangerous team with the likes of Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon to watch out for. Rene Bourque will also be playing for the Avs, and his eight goals are only three behind the total he had all of last season between the AHL and NHL.

The Habs will turn to a familiar, reliable face in goal, with Carey Price being in his usual spot for the Saturday night game. He will be opposed by Calvin Pickard, the younger brother of Price’s former Tri-Cities Americans backup, Chet.

Jarome Iginla is also playing in his 1500th NHL game tonight, which means it is a good time to remember his pass to Sidney Crosby that led to the Golden Goal in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST.

How to Watch

In Canada Sportsnet360, CityTV, TVA Sports
In the Avalanche region: Altitude Network
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/GameCentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Expected Montreal Canadiens Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Tomas Plekanec Alexander Radulov
Paul Byron Torrey Mitchell Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen Phillip Danault Andrew Shaw
Sven Andrighetto Brian Flynn Daniel Carr
Left Defence Right Defence
Alexei Emelin Shea Weber
Andrei Markov Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu Zach Redmond
Goalies
Carey Price
Al Montoya

Injured: Alex Galchenyuk (knee), David Desharnais (knee), Greg Pateryn (fractured ankle)
Scratched: Mark Barberio, Michael McCarron

Predicted Colorado Avalanche Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Matt Duchene John Mitchell Mikko Rantanen
Rene Bourque Nathan MacKinnon Jarome Iginla
Gabriel Landeskog Carl Soderberg Mikhail Grigorenko
Andreas Martinsen Joe Colborne Blake Comeau
Left Defence Right Defence
Nikita Zadorov Tyson Barrie
Francois Beauchemin Cody Goloubef
Fedor Tyutin Patrick Wiercioch
Goalies
Calvin Pickard
Semyon Varlamov

Injured: Erik Johnson (broken leg)
Scratched: Cody McLeod, Eric Gelinas