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The Habs have five days off after today’s game. Will they empty the tank this afternoon in Las Vegas?

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Vegas Golden Knights Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens @ Vegas Golden Knights

How to watch

Start time: 4:00 PM EST / 1:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Golden Knights region: ATTSN-RM
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

The Canadiens make the last stop on their western road trip ahead of the Christmas break, looking for one more win before heading home for a few days. They’ll be hosted by a Vegas Golden Knights team that is regaining its stride after a rough start, thanks in large part to the play of Marc-Andre Fleury in goal, who leads the league in both wins and shutouts.

It won’t be the final game for Vegas, as they still have one more to play tomorrow night, so they can’t afford to go all-in like the Canadiens can, but they also won’t be in danger of looking ahead to the time off rather than the task at hand. So today’s result could be dictated by the mental focus of the players as much as their talent.

Claude Julien has made two changes to the lineup that got the win on Thursday. Charles Hudon returns to the pressbox as Nicolas Deslauriers will take to the ice once more. On defence, one-time Golden Knights property David Schlemko will make way for Brett Kulak.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Paul Byron Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin Max Domi Artturi Lehkonen
Tomas Tatar Jesperi Kotkaniemi Andrew Shaw
Nicolas Deslauriers Michael Chaput Kenny Agostino

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Brett Kulak Shea Weber
Mikey Reilly Jeff Petry
Jordie Benn Victor Mete

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Vegas Golden Knights projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jonathan Marchessault William Karlsson Reilly Smith
Brandon Pirri Paul Stastny Alex Tuch
Oscar Lindberg Cody Eakin Ryan Carpenter
William Carrier Pierre-Edouard Bellmare Ryan Reaves

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Brayden McNabb Nate Schmidt
Shea Theodore Deryk Engelland
Nick Holden Brad Hunt

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Marc-Andre Fleury
Malcolm Subban