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Canadiens vs. Capitals Game Thread, roster, lines, and how to watch

With only two games to go before the trade deadline, the Habs are in Washington to take on the NHL's best team.

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While the Montreal Canadiens have lost pretty much every game between the month of December and now, the Washington Capitals have lost just six games in regulation. The Habs are in Washington tonight to take on the NHL's best team, a team currently on a 9-1-0 run in its past ten, and has the NHL's most wins at 44 and a winning percentage 13% higher than the NHL's second best team at 79.31 percent.

Although the Canadiens are trying to keep the perception of hope up, the fact of the matter is that the Habs have 22 games left and have a lot of ground to make up, seven points back and with two more games played than the eighth place Pittsburgh Penguins.

While last year's trade deadline build up saw the Habs add some grit to bolster their playoff run, this year, the Canadiens will be sellers at the deadline, with the likes of Dale Weise immersed in trade rumours involving multiple teams. Paul Byron was signed to a three-year deal last night, putting rest to rumours about him being moved. There is still a long list of players who could potentially be moved between now and next Monday at 3PM, so if there's anything to watch for at this point, it's either hoping for a miraculous end of season run, or watching some of these guys in a Habs uniform for the last time.

Lineup Notes: Victor Bartley draws into the lineup in place of Nathan Beaulieu who was injured Monday against the Preds; Dale Weise is back in the lineup after missing Monday's game with the flu; Lucas Lessio will be a healthy scratch to make room for Dutch Gretzky, who has been slotted into the top line replacing Sven Andrighetto who moves down to the fourth.

The puck drops at 7:00 PM EST.

How To Watch:

In Canada (French): RDS
In Canada (English): Sportsnet East
In the  Capitals region: CSN-DC+
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Lars Eller Dale Weise
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Tomas Fleischmann Jacob de le Rose Paul Byron
Sven Andrighetto Torrey Mitchell Devante Smith-Pelly
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin Greg Pateryn
Victor Bartley Mark Barberio
Mike Condon
Ben Scrivens

Scratched: Lucas Lessio
Carey Price (lower body),  Daniel Carr (lower body), Jeff Petry (lower body), Brian Flynn (lower body), David Desharnais (broken foot), Tom Gilbert (lower body), Nathan Beaulieu (lower body)

Washington Capitals Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Alex Ovechkin Evgeny Kuznetsov Justin Williams
Andre Burakovsky Nicklas Backstrom T.J. Oshie
Jason Chimera Marcus Johansson Tom Wilson
Brooks Laich Mike Richards Michael Latta
Left Defense
Right Defense
Matt Niskanen Karl Alzner
Nate Schmidt John Carlson
Brooks Orpik Dmitry Orlov
Braden Holtby
Philp Grubauer

Scratched: Stanislav Galiev, Taylor Chorney
Injuries: Jay Beagle (upper body)

Check out the enemy over at Japer's Rink.