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

Montreal heads to Newark for a showdown with the struggling Devils as part of a Thanksgiving road trip.

Montreal Canadiens v New Jersey Devils Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ New Jersey Devils

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: Sportsnet One, Sportsnet Now (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Devils region: MSG+2
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

For the first time since the pre-season, the Canadiens will meet up with the New Jersey Devils, last year’s surprising playoff team. In the tune-up schedule, the Canadiens came away the victors, thanks in part to a stunning goal from Jesperi Kotkaniemi late in the game. However, the regular season is a different monster, and for the Devils, it’s currently tearing them apart.

A fantastic start has given way to mediocre results since. The Devils currently sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with just 18 points in 19 games. In net their long-time stalwart, Cory Schneider, has struggled, while his backup, Keith Kinkaid, has the chance to wrestle the starting job away.

Regardless of who is in net, the Canadiens’ offence will be tough for them to handle. New Jersey is also seeking more balanced production outside of their top line, which is buoyed by last year’s MVP Taylor Hall, but outside of that the team as a whole has been lacking bite on both sides of the puck.

Montreal is flying after a solid trip to Western Canada, and a thrilling affair with the Washington Capitals on Monday night. Max Domi remains red-hot, while Jeff Petry and Carey Price seem to have found the form that previously carried them to successful seasons. A struggling team like New Jersey is primed to get a crack at an opposing backup goaltender, but with back to back games this weekend it should be expected that Price will start in this one, leaving Antti Niemi to take on the Sabres on Friday.

On the injury front, Montreal will be down budding star Noah Juulsen, who is out indefinitely after taking a pair of shots to the face in Monday’s loss. Claude Julien has a few options, but the young defender has been a steady player at the back, and won’t be so easily replaced in the short term.

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 Xavier Ouellet
Mikey Reilly Victor Mete

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

New Jersey Devils projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Taylor Hall Nico Hischier Kyle Palmieri
Marcus Johansson Pavel Zacha Jesper Bratt
Blake Coleman Travis Zajac Joey Anderson
Miles Wood Brett Seney Jean-Sebastien Dea

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Mirco Mueller Damon Severson
Andy Greene Eric Gryba
Will Butcher Ben Lovejoy

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Cory Schneider
Keith Kinkaid