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

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After a six-goal night, the Canadiens now face the worst defensive squad in the NHL.

Ottawa Senators v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators

How to watch

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

The last time the Canadiens and Senators met, Montreal walked away with a second 5-2 win over their division rival in three days. With a 2-1 record from three meeting with the Sens this year, the Habs can secure the season series with a victory in the final meeting between the clubs in 2018-19.

That means the teams likely won’t face each other until at least next October, so any pent-up animosity will need to be released tonight. The Canadiens will be quite happy to see the Senators lining up opposite them, but the feeling likely isn’t mutual for the Senators after back-to-back convincing defeats.

Montreal would prefer to put their effort into scoring goals. Despire two low-scoring affairs to wrap up the recent road trip, the Canadiens have netted at least five goals four times already this month.

It’s not the typical players running the offence for the Canadiens. While team leaders Max Domi and Brendan Gallagher have each added three goals in December, Artturi Lehkonen leads the forwards with four tallies. Jeff Petry has everyone beat with five this month, including two in the 6-4 victory over Carolina on Thursday.

As has been the case for both teams this season, there will be plenty of chances for teams to get on the scoreboard. It all sets up what should be an entertaining battle at the Bell Centre this evening.

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
Paul Byron Jesperi Kotkaniemi Artturi Lehkonen
Matthew Peca Michael Chaput Kenny Agostino

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Brett Kulak Shea Weber
Mikey Reilly Jeff Petry
Jordie Benn Noah Juulsen

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Ottawa Senators projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Brady Tkachuk Colin White Mark Stone
Mikkel Boedker Chris Tierney Bobby Ryan
Ryan Dzingel Zack Smith Magnus Paajarvi
Erik Burgdoerfer Nick Paul Drake Batherson

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Thomas Chabot Ben Harpur
Maxime Lajoie Cody Ceci
Justin Falk Stefan Elliott

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Mike McKenna
Craig Anderson