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Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

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The Habs take another stab at their first home win of the season as they welcome the division rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens have stumbled out of the gate to start the season. They’ve been performing better than the results on the scoreboard indicate, but have still been unable to register a win since the season opener. The goals have been few and far between. and the defence is still gelling together after an off-season of change.

By contrast, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who’ve not had much to cheer about in recent years, have taken the new NHL season by storm, roaring out to an early 3-1-0 record and playing an impressive team game. Auston Matthews is on pace for a great sophomore season, and the Habs will need to limit his offence in tonight’s game.

Neither team’s output is sustainable in the long term, and in the length of an 82game season, the two teams could end up being close to one another when playoff spots are being clinched. The Canadiens certainly hope the winds of change will begin blowing at the Bell Centre tonight so they can gain some confidence and calm a nervous fanbase.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT

How to watch

In Canada: CBC (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the USA: NHL Network
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Game Centre Live, NHL Center 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

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Andrew Cogliano Rickard Rackell Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie Antoine Vermette Corey Perry
Chris Wagner Derek Grant Logan Shaw
Nicolas Kerdiles Dennis Rasmussen Derek Boll

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Cam Fowler Josh Manson
Francois Beauchemin Brandon Montour
Jaycob Megna Kevin Bieksa

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
John Gibson
Reto Berra