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Canadiens vs. Red Wings: Game thread, rosters, lineups, and how to watch

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The Habs will cobble together a lineup of rookies and depth players for the final game of the regular season.

Montreal Canadiens v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

With the home schedule wrapped up and just a single game left in the regular-season, the Montreal Canadiens have taken the opportunity to rest their top players for an extra day before the playoffs begin.

Carey Price, Andrei Markov, Max Pacioretty, Alexander Radulov, and Tomas Plekanec will be watching tonight’s game as their team takes on the Detroit Red Wings. The Habs will also take advantage of the situation to hold Shea Weber and Jordie Benn out of the lineup, both of whom are nearly healed from their injuries, but could still benefit from the extended period of recuperation.

With all those players out, the lineup will look a lot different tonight. First of all, Mikhail Sergachev has joined the team from nearby Windsor to fill out the defence corps. He will dress for his fourth game in his NHL career tonight.

At forward, you should expect to see a lot of minutes from Alex Galchenyuk as Claude Julien gets one last game situation to get his young forward going before the games start to matter again next week. At the bottom of the lineup will be a gaggle of grinders making their last impressions for a start in Game One of the first round.

Charlie Lindgren will get his second start in three games for the team, and fans will hope it is just as successful as his victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

How to watch

Puck drop: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the Red Wings region: FS-D
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Paul Byron Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Dwight King Andrew Shaw Artturi Lehkonen
Alex Galchenyuk Steve Ott Andreas Martinsen
Brian Flynn Torrey Mitchell Michael McCarron

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Brandon Davidson Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu Brett Lernout
Mikhail Sergachev Nikita Nesterov

Goalies

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Charlie Lindgren
Al Montoya

Scratched: Carey Price, Andrei Markov, Max Pacioretty, Alexander Radulov, Tomas Plekanec
Injured: Shea Weber (upper body), Alexei Emelin (lower body), Jordie Benn (upper body)

Detroit Red Wings projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Tomas Tatar
Matt Lorito Dylan Larkin Justin Abdelkader
Riley Sheahan Frans Nielsen Darren Helm
Ben Street Tomas Nosek Drew Miller

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Danny DeKeyser Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Xavier Ouellet Robbie Russo

Goalies

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, Luke Glendening, Ryan Sproul
Injured: Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen, Joe Vitale