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

After a loss on Saturday, Montreal plays back-to-back games versus the New York City clubs.

Montreal Canadiens v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ New York Islanders

How to watch

Puck drop: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Islanders region: MSG+2
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

The Canadiens lost their chance to claim top spot in the Atlantic Division with a loss to the team that held that position. With teams closely grouped in the early part of the season, failing to claim those two points has them down in a wild-card position instead.

The opponent tonight has seized its opportunities in the opening month of the season. The New York Islanders are on a five-game winning streak, which includes back-to-back victories over the Pittsburgh Penguins and, most recently, a shutout performance versus the New Jersey Devils.

While the record is very good for the Islanders, the underlying numbers are a bit concerning for Islanders fans. They rank 30th in the NHL in shots per game, averaging just over 26, and 29th in scoring-chances-for percentage at 42.2%. Their standing at the top is a precarious one, and the unrelenting pressure the Canadiens are able to apply could undermine that footing.

In a one-game scenario, there’s no guarantee that the better team will win — it hasn’t been the Islanders’ experience to this point of the season — but one of the 60-minute efforts Max Domi, Brendan Gallagher & co. are known for should set them up to begin the two-game trip with a victory.

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 Charles Hudon
Artturi Lehkonen Jesperi Kotkaniemi Joel Armia
Nicolas Deslauriers Matthew Peca Andrew Shaw

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jordie Benn Jeff Petry
Mikey Reilly Noah Juulsen
Xavier Ouellet Victor Mete

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Carey Price

New York Islanders projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Anthony Beauvillier Mathew Barzal Jordan Eberle
Anders Lee Brock Nelson Josh Bailey
Andrew Ladd Valtteri Filppula Leo Komarov
Ross Johnston Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Nick Leddy Ryan Pulock
Thomas Hickey Scott Mayfield
Adam Pelech Johnny Boychuk

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Thomas Greiss
Christopher Gibson