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A new edition of the Montreal Canadiens hits the ice in Buffalo to kick off the 2017-18 season.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Canadiens kick off their 2017-18 season on the road.

It starts with a visit to Buffalo, where former Hab Nathan Beaulieu will get a chance to make a mark against his former team. He might have trouble recognizing the Canadiens, as the team he departed from after last year’s disappointing playoff defeat to the Rangers has been shaken up substantially with six new players in tonight’s lineup that were not there when the Habs hung up the skates before the start of the summer.

Victor Mete will make his NHL regular season debut on the top defensive pairing alongside Shea Weber. Only two members of the Canadiens’ defense starting tonight was there at the beginning of last season, and with the veteran presence of Andrei Markov now in a different time-zone, it will be interesting to see how the Canadiens defense debuts tonight.

Jonathan Drouin will start at centre between Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. Drouin proved to be a reliable option to fill the top-line centre role during the preseason, and will get his first taste of holding that responsibility on his shoulders in a regular season game tonight.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EST / 10:00 PM PST

How to watch

In Canada: TSN2 (English/Habs region), RDS (French)
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecentre Live, NHL Centre Ice

Montréal 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

Buffalo Sabres Projected Lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Evander Kane Jack Eichel Jason Pominville
Benoit Pouliot Ryan O'Reilly Kyle Okposo
Zemgus Girgensons Sam Reinhart Seth Griffith
Johan Larsson Jacob Josefson Jordan Nolan

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Nathan Beaulieu Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella Matt Tennyson
Jake McCabe Viktor Antipin

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Robin Lehner
Chad Johnson