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After an offensive explosion against Ottawa, can Montreal keep the goals coming against Minnesota?

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Something has clicked in the Montreal Canadiens lineup, and they don’t seem like they’re going to slow down anytime soon.

After a start to the season where the offence has been sputtering, despite putting up high shot totals and positive possession numbers, the goals have come in waves for the Canadiens recently. A 5-1 win over the Panthers, another 5-4 win against the Rangers, and most recently, a 8-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Those games were interrupted by a shutout loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Players such as Charles Hudon and Artturi Lehkonen were finally rewarded for their strong play this season, as they both had two-goal games, and added secondary scoring the Canadiens craved. Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher also contributed to the win as they all had goals in the game.

Andrew Shaw will be in the lineup today, despite missing practice yesterday with the flu.

Tonight, they have a good chance to continue their offensive ways against the Minnesota Wild, who sits in last place in the Central Division. Carey Price will get the start tonight, as he tries to get his season on track.

For the Wild, veteran Matt Cullen is celebrating his 41st birthday. It’s also a reunion between former defence partners Shea Weber and Ryan Suter. The Wild are missing forwards Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle. Parise has not played in a game this season.

Former Hab Devan Dubnyk will get the start for Minnesota.

How to watch

Puck drop: 8:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSNGO (English), RDS (French)
In the United States: FS-N
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL GameCentre Live, NHL Centre Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Artturi Lehkonen Jonathan Drouin Paul Byron
Max Pacioretty Phillip Danault Andrew Shaw
Charles Hudon Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Michael McCarron Torrey Mitchell

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Karl Alzner Jordie Benn
Brandon Davidson Jeff Petry

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Al Montoya

Injured: David Schlemko (hand), Ales Hemsky (concussion-like symptoms), Nikita Scherbak (knee)

Scratched: Jacob de la Rose, Joe Morrow

Minnesota Wild Projected Lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jason Zucker Mikko Koivu Mikael Granlund
Nino Niederreiter Eric Staal Luke Kunin
Marcus Foligno Joel Eriksson Ek Chris Stewart
Daniel Winnik Matt Cullen Tyler Ennis

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ryan Suter Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin Mathew Dumba
Gustaf Olofsson Mike Rielly

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Devan Dubnyk
Alex Stalock

Injured: Zach Parise, Charlie Coyle