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

The Canadiens make a pit stop in Montreal before heading out on the road once again.

Washington Capitals v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. Washington Capitals

How to watch

Start time: 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST
In Canada: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Capitals region: NBCSWA
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

For the second time this season, the Montreal Canadiens will host the Washington Capitals at the Bell Centre. They will be hoping for the same result they enjoyed the first time, though Claude Julien probably wouldn’t mind a tighter defensive effort from his team.

On November 1, Washington had two-goal performances from Alex Ovechkin and Lars Eller. With a few forwards out of the lineup tonight, most notably Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie, those two will be united on the top line, with a recently reinstated Tom Wilson on the opposite flank making up the Capitals’ most dangerous trio.

The Caps also have an injury affecting the goaltending position. Regular starter Braden Holtby is out with an upper-body injury, and that means Pheonix Copley makes his fourth consecutive start. He has delivered in those games, giving up just two goals in each, while his defenders have done a good job of limiting the number of shots their backup faces.

Carey Price gets the call for Montreal once again, now with back-to-back solid outings under his belt to boost his confidence as he returns to home ice.

Up front, Max Domi has been red-hot for the Canadiens, riding a nine-game points streak that began the last time these two teams met. The Capitals will need to pay just as much attention to him as Montreall will focus on Ovechkin to grab a win tonight.

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 Michael Chaput 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

Washington Capitals projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Alex Ovechkin Lars Eller Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana Nicklas Backstrom Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson Travis Boyd Devante Smith-Pelly
Dmitrij Jaskin Nic Dowd Brett Connolly

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Dmitry Orlov John Carlson
Michal Kempny Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos Madison Bowey

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Pheonix Copley
Ilya Samsonov