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

The road trip comes to an end in Vancouver, with Montreal hoping for a win to make it a success.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Vancouver Canucks Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens @ Vancouver Canucks

How to watch

Puck drop: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet One, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

After claiming a win in their last outing versus the Calgary Flames, the Montreal Canadiens will send out the same lineup on Saturday night. That does mean that the skaters will be the same ones that saw 45 shots come their way on Thursday.

They were able to survive against the Flames, but the Vancouver Canucks are loaded with offensive talent in the top six that may not convert on only two of their chances. The biggest threat will be rookie Elias Pettersson, who picked up right where he left off with the Växjö Lakers last year; in fact, he’s scoring goals at an ever higher rate than he did in the SHL. His 10 goals lead all first-year players, and he ranks high in the Rocket Richard Trophy race despite playing just 15 games so far.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi is also impressing after spending last season in a Europeans pro league. It took him a while to finally find that first NHL goal, but he now has three on the year, and is one of just six rookies to hit double digits in points so far this season.

Tonight’s matchup pits two teams currently constructed more with offence in mind. Whichever one is able to limit the chances of the skilled young players on the other side could very well be the one to exit the contest with two points in hand.

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

Vancouver Canucks projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Antoine Roussel Bo Horvat Jake Virtanen
Nikolay Goldobin Elias Pettersson Loui Eriksson
Darren Archibald Markus Granlund Tyler Motte
Tim Schaller Adam Gaudette Brendan Leipsic

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ben Hutton Erik Gudbranson
Derrick Pouliot Chris Tanev
Michael Del Zotto Troy Stecher

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Jacob Markstrom
Richard Bachman