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Montreal is desperate for a better showing after perhaps their worst of the season so far.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Colorado Avalanche Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens @ Colorado Avalanche

How to watch

Start time: 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST
In Canada: Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Avalanche region: Altitude
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

Things started off poorly for the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night. Turnovers at the start of the game kept all four lines hemmed in their own zone on their opening shifts, and it finally cost them a goal when Matthew Peca’s went right onto the stick of a Bruins player on the fourth’s turn, leading to the opening goal.

It was all downhill from there as the Canadiens didn’t manage to find their legs all night, taking a 4-0 loss that felt much worse with the way the home team played.

Now on the road for three games before the Christmas break, the players have all said that they need to play a lot better than they did in their final appearance in front of the Bell Centre crowd in the 2018 calendar year. It should be a very different team that faces off against the Colorado Avalanche tonight.

At least two faces will be new from that defeat. Peca’s turnover on the first goal has played a part in costing him his lineup spot, which he hands over to Charles Hudon for tonight’s game. Back up from the Laval Rocket, Victor Mete will take Brett Kulak’s spot in the lineup as the Habs hope for a shake-up on the back end.

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
Kenny Agostino Michael Chaput Charles Hudon

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jordie Benn Shea Weber
Mikey Reilly Jeff Petry
David Schlemko Victor Mete

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Colorado Avalanche projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Gabriel Landeskog Nathan MacKinnon Mikko Rantanen
Tyson Jost J.T. Compher Sven Andrighetto
Matt Nieto Carl Soderberg Matt Calvert
Gabriel Bourque Sheldon Dries Colin Wilson

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Samuel Girard Erik Johnson
Ian Cole Tyson Barrie
Nikita Zadorov Patrik Nemeth

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Philipp Grubauer
Semyon Varlamov