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Canadiens @ Flames: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

The Canadiens have been posting more losses than wins of late, and will need to begin to turn things around tonight.

Montreal Canadiens v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ Calgary Flames

How to watch

Puck drop: 9:00 PM EST / 6:00 PM PST
In Canada: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Flames region: Sportsnet West
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

After a disappointing showing versus the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, the Canadiens now begin their effort to salvage the remainder of their road trip. That starts with a game versus one of the top seeds from the Pacific Division this season: the Calgary Flames.

Though they do have some of the game’s best offensive talents, the Flames are a middle-of-the-pack offensive team to begin the year. Because of some difficult performances from Mike Smith in goal, they’ve given up about as many as they’ve scored, seeing the number of goals opponents score per game steadily increase over the last few years.

Many of the goals they have been able to find have come in third-period comeback bids. They lead the league in goals scored during the final 20 minutes, with 29, and allow the fourth-fewest. They could be in dire straits without that resilience in their game in the early going, but for now the team’s forwards are bursting with confidence.

Montreal will need to be cognizant of that tendency from tonight’s opponent, and it should be a good test of their own character to keep the pressure up for a full 60 minutes for the first time in several games.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin Max Domi Andrew Shaw
Kenny Agostino Jesperi Kotkaniemi Artturi Lehkonen
Nicolas Deslauriers Matthew Peca Charles Hudon

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jordie Benn Jeff Petry
David Schlemko Noah Juulsen
Xavier Ouellet Victor Mete

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Calgary Flames projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Elias Lindholm
Matthew Tkachuk Mikael Backlund Sam Bennett
Austin Czarnik Mark Jankowski James Neal
Michael Frolik Derek Ryan Garnet Hathaway

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Giordano T.J. Brodie
Noah Hanifin Travis Hamonic
Juuso Valimaki Rasmus Andersson

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Mike Smith
David Rittich