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

The Habs look to build off a win in Washington with a home game against the Leafs.

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The Habs are playing their best hockey in months. That's not saying much, but the Canadiens are 5-4-1 in their past ten games, which is their best ten-game record since before the winter downfall that began in December.

The win in Washington on Wednesday night did not change the fact that the Canadiens need to be looking to next season, sitting seven points back of a playoff spot. The trading of Dale Weise sends a clear signal that management does not expect this team to make the playoffs, and will be using the remainder of the season to open up roster spots to prospects.

The Habs did, however, get a warm body in the trade with the Blackhawks, with Phillip Danault scheduled to make his Habs' debut tonight. The Habs are literally decimated by injuries with three core defensemen out. A call-up from St. John included Michael McCarron and defenseman Morgan Ellis injects more youth into the lineup, which could create a miraculous spark, even though it seems unlikely the Canadiens plan on making a run for the playoffs at this point.

Even still, the Habs should be able to get the two points tonight against the Leafs, who are almost void of NHL calibre players. The Leafs' sell-off has left them icing a team without a lot of quality. James Reimer was the most recent part dealt today, traded to the San Jose Sharks for a goaltender Alex Stalock, forward Ben Smith, and a conditional pick in 2018.

Lineup Notes: Phillip Danault will make his debut tonight; Michael McCarron will play his third game in a Canadiens uniform tonight; Mike Condon will be seeking his 16th win, and third win in his last four starts.

The puck drops at 7:00 PM EST.

How To Watch:

In Canada (French): TVA
In Canada (English): CBC, City
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice, NHL.TV

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Lars Eller Sven Andrighetto
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Jacob de la Rose Philip Danault Paul Byron
Torrey Mitchell Michael McCarron 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, Morgan Ellis
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)

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Michael Grabner Nazem Kadri Leo Komarov
Colin Greening Peter Holland Daniel Winnik
Josh Levo Mark Arcobello Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
Brendan Leipsic Byron Froese Brad Boyes
Left Defense
Right Defense
Morgan Rielly Matt Hunwick
Jake Gardiner Martin Marincin
Stuart Percy Frank Corrado
Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: None
Injuries: Matt Hunwick (undisclosed), Joffrey Lupul (undisclosed), Tyler Bozak (upper body), Milan Michalek (fractured right finger), James van Riemsdyk (broken foot), Stephan Robidas (knee)

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