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The Habs take on the Flames in their second-last game before the All-Star break.

NHL: Calgary Flames at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

With just two games left on the schedule before the All-Star break, the Canadiens look to increase their lead atop the Atlantic Division, with the Ottawa Senators hot on their heels and just eight points back and with three games at hand.

The Habs have been dealing with possibly their toughest stretch of the season schedule-wise. This will be the first week in January where the Canadiens don’t play games back-to-back. Not only have the Habs have to deal with a back-to-back for the past three weeks, but of the six games played, five were on the road (and all required travel).

With the prospect of a much-deserved break on the horizon, the Canadiens welcome the Calgary Flames to the Bell Centre. A team struggling over its last two weeks of hockey, the Flames have only produced one win in their past six games. The Flames are coming off a 4-0 loss in Toronto last night.

Puck Drop is 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST

How to watch:

Canada (English): Rogers Sportsnet East, Rogers Sportsnet West
Canada (French): RDS
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecentre Live, NHL Centre Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Jonathan Drouin Alex Galchenyuk
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Ales Hemsky
Paul Byron Phillip Danault Andrew Shaw
Charles Hudon Jacob de la Rose Brendan Gallagher

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Karl Alzner Jeff Petry
Joe Morrow Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Injured: Alex Galchenyuk (knee), Grey Pateryn (foot), Andrei Markov (lower body), Brendan Gallagher (fractured right hand), David Desharnais (knee)

Calgary Flames Projected Lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Evander Kane Jack Eichel Jason Pominville
Benoit Pouliot Ryan O'Reilly Kyle Okposo
Zemgus Girgensons Sam Reinhart Seth Griffith
Johan Larsson Jacob Josefson Jordan Nolan

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Nathan Beaulieu Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella Matt Tennyson
Jake McCabe Viktor Antipin

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Robin Lehner
Chad Johnson

Injured: Garnet Hathaway (upper body), Ladislav Smid (neck)