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

Canadiens visit Toronto to face off with the Leafs at Ricoh Coliseum.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

A few days after the 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Ottawa Senators, the Montreal Canadiens return to Ontario, this time to face the Toronto Maple Leafs: a team that has also lost at the hands of the Senators in recent days.

Montreal fielded a very inexperienced roster against the Senators, and so we will see the opposite tonight, as we have a roster that might be fairly similar to the one dressed on opening night.

Lately at practice, a few of the lines have changed slightly, as Brendan Gallagher had moved up to the top line alongside Max Pacioretty and Jonathan Drouin, which sends Ales Hemsky to a line alongside Phillip Danault and Alex Galchenyuk.

Drouin will not be participating in tonight’s game, however, as he has an upper-body injury, and is day-to-day. Torrey Mitchell will draw in on the top line this evening to keep the chemisty building between the other trios.

Hemsky may benefit Galchenyuk more than we think, as his past coach, Lindy Ruff, often placed him with players who were struggling in order to give them a little boost:

On the defensive side, rookie standout Victor Mete has remained alongside Shea Weber for the time being, as he’s done nothing but impress this training camp. Karl Alzner and Jeff Petry remain together on the second pairing, and Jordie Benn seems to be paired up with Brandon Davidson for tonight’s match up, as a possible third pairing for this coming season.

Toronto is one of the teams in the Atlantic who are looking towards a very bright future with young stars such as Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, and will most likely be in the mix for the division title.

They’ll also field a mostly NHL-ready lineup, meaning we may get a rather entertaining pre-season tilt between these two age-old rivals.

How To Watch

Puck Drop: 7:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: RDS, TSN2, TSN GO
In the Leafs region: TSN4, TSN GO
Elsewhere: NHL.tv

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Torrey Mitchell Brendan Gallagher
Charles Hudon Tomas Plekanec Artturi Lehkonen
Alex Galchenyuk Phillip Danault Ales Hemsky
Paul Byron Jacob de la Rose Byron Froese

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Karl Alzner Jeff Petry
Mark Streit Jordie Benn

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Charlie Lindgren

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Zack Hyman Auston Matthews William Nylander
James Van Riemsdyk Tyler Bozak Mitchell Marner
Patrick Marleau Nazem Kadri Leo Komarov
Matt Martin Miro Aaltonen Connor Brown

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Morgan Rielly Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardner Nikita Zaitsev
Calle Rosen Roman Polak

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Henrik Lundqvist
Ondrej Pavelec