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After a long road trip, the Habs look to make it four wins in a row

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Following a long road trip, the Habs come back to Montreal on a three-game winning streak. Injuries have depleted the lineup recently, but they have been able to showcase their depth in this recent stretch of games.

Reinforcements are on the way for the Canadiens though, as a slew of players have returned to practice. Andrew Shaw, Alex Galchenyuk, Andrei Markov and Paul Byron were all present at the morning skate, wearing regular contact jerseys.

Only Byron has been confirmed ready to go for tonight's tilt against Washington, and it’s also worth noting that Daniel Carr will be out of the lineup. Galchenyuk, Shaw and Markov remain day-to-day.

On the other side of the coin, the Capitals have won 5 straight, with their last two games being shutouts. T.J. Oshie is ruled out of tonight's game due to an upper-body injury, whereas Tom Wilson will be in the lineup despite rumours of an injury. Braden Holtby will most likely get the start tonight, seeing as he was recently named the NHL’s third star of the week, and has earned consecutive shutouts in his last two outings.

How To Watch

Puck drop: 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST

In Canada: SNE (English), RDS (French)

In the United States: NHLN-US, CSN-DC

Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecenter Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Phillip Danault Alexander Radulov
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Paul Byron
Sven Andrighetto Torrey Mitchell Brian Flynn
Bobby Farnham Michael McCarron Nikita Scherbak
Left Defence Right Defence
Alexei Emelin Shea Weber
Nathan Beaulieu Jeff Petry
Mark Barberio Ryan Johnston
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Al Montoya

Scratched: Daniel Carr

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

Washington Capitals Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Alex Ovechkin Nicklas Backstrom Brett Connolly
Marcus Johansson Evgeny Kuznetsov Justin Williams
Liam O'Brien Lars Eller Andre Burakovsky
Daniel Winnik Jay Beagle Tom Wilson
Left Defence Right Defence
Karl Alzner John Carlson
Dmitri Orlov Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik Nate Schmidt
Goaltenders
Braden Holtby
Philipp Grubauer

Injuries: T.J. Oshie (upper body)