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The Canadiens hope to rebound from last night’s 5-2 loss in San Jose.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Los Angeles Kings Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens have gotten off to a poor start this season. A loss last night in San Jose on the first game of the California trip has dropped their record to 1-4-1, placing them among the teams at the bottom of the standings.

The Habs will be looking to turn their season-opening slide around in tonight’s games versus the Los Angeles Kings.

Leading the charge on that front may be Jonathan Drouin, who has put together back-to-back two-point efforts, with two goals in as many games. It may be no coincidence that the mini points streak coincides with having Artturi Lehkonen join his line after the Finn was part of a stellar trio alongside Tomas Plekanec and Charles Hudon in the first few games of the season. Max Pacioretty has been publicly stating his displeasure with his own game in recent days, so you should expect all members of that line to be buzzing tonight.

On defence, with the news that David Schlemko will be out for about another month, the current corps knows it will be up to them to figure things out. Al Montoya will be backing them up in his first start of the season.

Puck drop is at 10:30 PM EDT / 7:30 PM PDT

How to watch

In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSNGO (English), RDS (French)
In the United States: NBCSN (stream)
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL GameCentre 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

Los Angeles Kings 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