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It’s Antti Niemi versus Ben Bishop in the final game of 2018.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens @ Dallas Stars

How to watch

Start time: 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Stars region: FS-SW+
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

Before the Habs head home for the new year, they’ve taken a bit of a detour from Florida to Texas to take on the Dallas Stars. Currently 3-2 on a six-game excursion away from the Bell Centre, the team has a chance to solidify a winning record, rather simply a .500 one, with a win against the eighth-place team in the west.

Dallas was done a bit of a favour by the New Jersey Devils this afternoon, who shut out the Vancouver Canucks and prevent the Canadian club from moving into the second wild-card seed. The Stars can gain a bit of separation should they pull off a victory this evening.

To keep that from happening, the Canadiens will send forth a lineup nearly identical to the one from Saturday’s 6-5 loss in Tampa Bay, swapping out Matthew Peca for Nicolas Deslauriers on the fourth line. Antti Niemi gets a third consecutive start, going up against one of his old teams looking to get himself back on track, and send his team home on a high note.

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 Paul Byron
Artturi Lehkonen 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

Dallas Stars projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jamie Benn Tyler Seguin Denis Gurianov
Mattias Janmark Roope Hintz Alexander Radulov
Tyler Pitlick Radek Faksa Blake Comeau
Devin Shore Jason Spezza Valeri Nichushkin

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Esa Lindell John Klingberg
Miro Heiskanen Roman Polak
Julius Honka Connor Carrick

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Ben Bishop
Anton Khudobin