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The Canadiens will look to wake up against the NHL’s top squad.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The Montréal Canadiens will have to make sure that they are wide awake this time around, as they face the Washington Capitals in the early afternoon on Saturday.

The Canadiens are coming off a brutal performance against the Philadelphia Flyers in a game that they only mustered 16 shots. That kind of performance won't do against the Capitals; even though Washington has cooled down slightly over the last two weeks, they are still the cream of the crop in the league.

The last time these two teams met it did not go well for the Canadiens. It was another poor effort, as the Capitals outshot them 39-23, winning the game 4-1. All the more reason for the Canadiens to bring their A-game, as they need to prove that they can win against the league's better teams. They will need to start stringing together some wins if they want to maintain a distance from other teams in the Atlantic Division standings.

We can expect some line shuffling for the Canadiens, as the coaching staff will try to light a spark. There were some changes on the fly during the game against the Flyers, but there was too little time for the players to adjust. The team hopes that whatever line combinations they come up with will pay off immediately, as they cannot afford to start the game poorly.

Puck drop is at 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST

How to watch

In Canada: Sportsnet (English), RDS (French)
In the United States: CSN-DC
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecentre Live, NHL Centre Ice

Montreal 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

Injured: Brendan Gallagher (fractured hand)
Scratched: David Desharnais, Greg Pateryn

Washington Capitals 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