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

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The Canadiens get back in action with their first of three games in four nights.

Montreal Canadiens v Florida Panthers Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ Florida Panthers

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Panthers region: Fox Sports Florida
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Montreal Canadiens take to the ice for a game. They left for the Christmas break on a high note, with Phillip Danault registering his first NHL hat trick, Victor Mete using his speed and confidence to play ever square inch of the rink, and Paul Byron being rewarded with an overtime-winner to give the Canadiens — and Carey Price — back-to-back wins.

Now starting another three-game road trip tonight, the team is without Price in goal, turning to Antti Niemi to help keep the good stretch rolling. It won’t be an easy road through Florida, beginning with a game against a Panthers team that may be finally putting things together after a disappointing start. The club has won four of its last five games after an 11-13-6 start.

Montreal would like to get a win to start off the post-Christmas slate to take some additional confidence into what it going to be a difficult contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow night. However, the Panthers are going to put up a fight against their division rival, having a chance to extend a shutout streak over to Montreal to four games.

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

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Michael McNiven

Florida Panthers projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jonathan Huberdeau Aleksander Barkov Evgenii Dadonov
Frank Vatrano Henrik Borgstrom Mike Hoffman
Troy Brouwer Jared McCann Denis Malgin
Micheal Haley Juho Lammikko Colton Sceviour

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Keith Yandle Aaron Ekblad
Michael Matheson MacKenzie Weegar
Bogdan Kiselevich Mark Pysyk

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Roberto Luongo
James Reimer