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

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Montreal hasn’t beaten San Jose since 2015, and is hoping a third straight solid outing can change that.

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens vs. San Jose Sharks

How to watch

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

The Canadiens had a great performance versus the New York Rangers last night, holding the visitors to just two goals, and finally getting enough offence to pull out a win, snapping a five-game losing streak.

It was such a great performance that Carey Price is able to suit up for a second consecutive day, feeling relatively fresh after only facing 22 shots. He gets a chance for back-to-back wins at home after a sequence of losses of his own in November.

Martin Jones will take the net at the other end. Getting a second start in two days, he’s looking to bounce back rather than build upon a good result. A save percentage already ranking at the bottom of the NHL took another hit yesterday as he allowed five goals on 26 shots in a 6-2 loss to the Senators.

It wasn’t much of a return for Erik Karlsson to his first NHL city, and he may be looking to take out his frustrations on today’s opponent. It would be a breakthrough for the two-time Norris Trophy-winner if he could, as he has a mere 15 points in the season so far, and is currently playing on the Sharks’ third pairing. He’s had a lot of success versus Montreal in his career, with 32 points in 40 games, so the Canadiens hope his cold streak will continue.

There is no cold streak for Shea Weber. He scored two goals in very different fashion last night, first with a shot from the point and then a surprising rush up the ice for a breakaway goal. Already with three points in two games, he’s leapt ahead of some of the defenders who have been in Montreal all year, and is just two back of moving into second among the defence corps. If Jones isn’t able to turn things around, he could find himself there as early as 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
Paul Byron Jesperi Kotkaniemi Artturi Lehkonen
Nicolas Deslauriers Michael Chaput Kenny Agostino

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Brett Kulak Shea Weber
David Schlemko Jeff Petry
Mikey Reilly Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

San Jose Sharks projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Ryan Dzingel Matt Duchene Drake Batherson
Brady Tkachuk Colin White Mark Stone
Mikkel Boedker Chris Tierney Bobby Ryan
Tom Pyatt Zack Smith Magnus Paajarvi

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Thomas Chabot Dylan Demelo
Ben Harpur Cody Ceci
Justin Falk Christian Jaros

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Craig Anderson
Mike McKenna