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

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Every point matters as the Islanders come to the Bell Centre tonight.

New York Islanders v Montreal Canadiens

Lots of changes are coming to the Montreal Canadiens, and rather quickly.

Andrew Shaw supposedly suffered a lower-body injury during their game against the Boston Bruins, and will be absent from the lineup tonight.

The Canadiens picked up center Logan Shaw from waivers earlier today as well, perhaps due to the injury news that arose.

Coming off a hard-fought loss against Boston, in which Phillip Danault suffered a head injury, the Canadiens’ centre depth has quickly crumbled, as the only active centres are Jonathan Drouin, Tomas Plekanec, Jacob de la Rose, and Byron Froese. Not satisfied with that contingent, Claude Julien has decided to try Paul Byron in the middle tonight.

Meanwhile, the Islanders are in the thick of the playoff race, led by superstar John Tavares, who has been one of the NHL’s best this season and is arguably in contention for the Hart Trophy.

The Canadiens will need to play a strong defensive game to stop the Islanders’ offence.

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

How to watch

In Canada: TSN2, TSN GO (English), RDS (French)
In the US: NHL Network
In the Islanders region: NBCSN
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL GameCentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Paul Byron Charles Hudon
Alex Galchenyuk Jonathan Drouin Daniel Carr
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Nicolas Deslauriers Jacob de la Rose Byron Froese

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Karl Alzner Jeff Petry
Jordie Benn Jakub Jerabek
Victor Mete David Schlemko

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

New York Islanders 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