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

The Habs begin their California road-trip with a visit to San Jose.

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On a day that proved to be pretty quiet on the trade front, with the Habs only making one trade that saw Devante Smith-Pelly shipped to New Jersey for Stefan Matteau, the Habs are in California to start a four-game road trip that has them in the Golden State for the next three games before wrapping up the trip Saturday in Winnipeg.

The Habs sit five points out of the final playoff spot, which is held currently by the Pittsburgh Penguins with 70 points in 60 games (two less GPs than the Habs). The next rung up on the playoff ladder is a logjam of four teams with between 73-76 points. Needless to say, the Canadiens still have a chance because of math, but will need pretty much every single point with 20 games remaining to make a surprise entrance into the playoffs.

The Sharks currently sit sixth in the West, and are somewhat secure in their playoff hopes being third in the Pacific Division, 12 points up on the fourth place Vancouver Canucks. The Sharks put themselves in a very good position over the past ten games, going 6-2-2, while the lower ranked Pacific Division teams all put up losing records over their past ten.

If the Habs are going to make the playoffs, it will have to be in a WildCard spot as they sit nine points back of the Atlantic Division top three. The Habs are like a marathon runner with a couple of kilometers to make up in the last leg of the race, and if they're going to do so, not only can they not miss a step, they need to dig as deep as humanly possible to pick up speed.

Lineup Notes: Newly acquired waiver-wire pick-up Mike Brown will play on the fourth line alongside Michael McCarron and Torrey Mitchell; Brown's injection into the lineup means no other real changes to the lineup from Saturday's win over the Leafs.

Newly acquired Sharks' goaltender James Reimer will miss his second opportunity to start for the Sharks in a row as he is still dealing with immigration issues.

The puck drops at 10:30 PM EST.

How To Watch:

In Canada (French): RDS
In Canada (English): Sportsnet East
In the Sharks region: CSN-CA
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 Mike Brown
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)

San Jose Sharks Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Tomas Hertl Joe Thornton Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau Logan Couture Joonas Donskoi
Matt Nieto Nick Spaling Joel Ward
Melker Karlsson Chris Tierney Dainius Zubrus
Left Defense
Right Defense
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Justin Braun
Paul Martin Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon Roman Polak
Martin Jones
Aaron Dell

Scratched: Dylan DeMelo, Matt Tennyson
Injuries: Tommy Wingels (sprained left shoulder)

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