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The Habs come back home trying to snap their losing streak

NHL: Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens are back home for their third home game of the season, and after a rough road trip in California, they might be happy to once again be at the Bell Centre.

Of course, the alternative is that if things go south tonight against the Florida Panthers, I’m not so sure the home fans will be very forgiving.

The Habs will have a new-look lineup tonight with the recall of Nikita Scherbak and Michael McCarron from the Laval Rocket. They will play on a line beside Alex Galchenyuk.

Brandon Davidson will draw into the lineup in the place of Joe Morrow.

For the Panthers, they claimed Antti Niemi off of waivers today, but he will not be in uniform tonight as they try to survive without their starting goaltender Roberto Luongo. James Reimer will get the start tonight.

Puck drop is at 7:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDT

How to watch

In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSNGO (English/Habs region), RDS (French)
In the United States: FS-F
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL GameCentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Nikita Scherbak Phillip Danault Artturi Lehkonen
Alex Galchenyuk Jonathan Drouin Brendan Gallagher
Paul Byron Jacob de la Rose Logan Shaw
Nicolas Deslauriers Byron Froese Andrew Shaw

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jordie Benn Jeff Petry
Karl Alzner Noah Juulsen
Mike Reilly David Schlemko

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Florida Panthers projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Brad Marchand Riley Nash David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk David Krejci Rick Nash
Tommy Wingels David Backes Brian Gionta
Tim Schaller Sean Kuraly Noel Acciari

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Kevan Miller
Nick Holden Brandon Carlo

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin