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Habs look to end their road trip on a high note.

The Montreal Canadiens roll in to the final stop on their longest road trip of the season winners of three of their last four, but down a few more familiar faces.

The already-injury-riddled Habs will hit the ice tonight sans Brendan Gallagher (out a minimum of eight weeks with broken left hand) and Paul Byron (upper-body injury). They’ll look to their newest call-ups Sven Andrighetto and Nikita Scherbak to fill some pretty big (metaphorically, anway) skates.

Saturday night’s tilt will mark Scherbak’s first NHL game. The skilled right winger has 10 goals and 10 assists in 27 games played in St. John’s this season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, for their part, will host the Habs after playing in New Jersey last night. The Leafs should be well-rested, however, after only needing 14 shots for the win, including zero shots in the third period.

Halfway through the season, the Leafs hold a playoff position, besting last year’s tally at this mark by two wins and five points (currently 18-12-8; 44 pts.).

The Canadiens will look to stifle the production of Leafs rookies, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander, who are leading the charge for the team offensively.

How to Watch

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST

In Canada: CBC (English), TVA Sports (French)

Everywhere Else: NHL.tv/GameCentre Live, NHL Centre Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Phillip Danault Alexander Radulov
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Sven Andrighetto
Daniel Carr Torrey Mitchell Brian Flynn
Bobby Farnham Michael McCarron Nikita Scherbak

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Alexei Emelin Shea Weber
Nathan Beaulieu Jeff Petry
Mark Barberio Ryan Johnston

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Al Montoya

Injuries: Alex Galchenyuk (knee), David Desharnais (knee), Greg Pateryn(fractured ankle), Andrew Shaw (concussion), Andrei Markov (lower body), Brendan Gallagher (fractured left hand), Paul Byron (upper body)

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
James van Riemsdyk Tyler Bozak Mitch Marner
Zach Hyman Auston Matthews Connor Brown
Leo Komarov Nazem Kadri William Nylander
Matt Martin Frederik Gauthier Nikita Soshnikov

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Morgan Rielly Nikita Zaitsev
Matt Hunwick Roman Polak
Jake Gardiner Connor Carrick

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Frederik Andersen
Antoine Bibeau