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

The Habs try to snap a three-game losing streak before returning home for the new year.

Montreal Canadiens v Florida Panthers Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

A seven-game road trip started for the Montreal Canadiens with an outdoor game at Lansdowne Park that may have been their work showing of the year.

The team rebounded with a 7-5 win in Vancouver and followed that up with a victory over the Calgary Flames, offering hope that the team would be able to turn around their season on an end-of-year journey that usually proves very difficult.

The hope was snuffed out with consecutive losses to the Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, and Tampa Bay Lightning, dooming them to a losing record on the trip before the final game was played.

They play that ultimate game versus the Florida Panthers tonight, and with the season all but lost, it could very well be the last time we see this team as currently constructed take to the ice together.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST

How to watch

In Canada: CBC, City (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the Panthers region: FS-Florida
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, Nicolas Deslauriers, Brett Lernout
Injured: Shea Weber (foot), Ales Hemsky (concussion), Al Montoya (concussion)

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