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

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The Canadiens make their first of two stops in the state of Florida.

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens play the sixth game of their seven-game December road trip. Last up on the list are the teams from Florida, with a stop at Amalie Arena to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight.

The Lightning have 54 points through just 35 games, holding a four-point advantage over the surprising Vegas Golden Knights for top spot in the NHL. The Lightning have just one loss in their previous 10 games — against the team from Las Vegas.

The Canadiens stumble in on a two-game losing streak, during which they’ve scored just two goals. They will need to find their offensive touch and get a great game from Carey Price, who’s playing both halves of a back-to-back set, if they hope to have a chance against the highest-scoring team in the league.

Puck drop is at 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST

How to watch

In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSNGO (English), RDS (French)
In the Lightning region: SUN
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

Scratched: Jacob de la Rose
Injured: Shea Weber (foot), Ales Hemsky (concussion), Al Montoya (concussion), David Schlemko (flu)

Tampa Bay Lightning 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