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

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After two days off, the Canadiens play an early evening match in Chicago.

Montreal Canadians v Chicago Blackhawks

Montreal Canadiens @ Chicago Blackhawks

How to watch

Start time: 6:00 PM EST / 3:00 PM PST
In Canada: Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the US: NHL Network
In the Blackhawks region: NBCSCH
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

The Montreal Canadiens have won two straight contests, and three of their last four after a recent five-game losing streak. The goals are starting to come once again, while the defence has been doing its part to give the team a chance.

After back-to-back 5-2 wins, the lineup remains intact for tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Carey Price starts in net, Brett Kulak lines up opposite Shea Weber on the top pairing, and the line of Nicolas Deslauriers, Michael Chaput, and Kenny Agostino will attempt to be just as effective as it was earlier in the week.

The Blackhawks do get an addition to their personnel. Connor Murphy makes his first start of the season after a back injury forced him to miss the first two months. He should help a defence that ranks among the worst in the NHL regain a bit of footing.

Both teams have had two days off to prepare for the game, so energy shouldn’t be an issue. The Canadiens should be able to play their high-tempo style for the full 60 minutes, and that will put a lot of pressure on the last-place team in the league.

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
Noah Juulsen Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Carey Price

Chicago Blackhawks projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jason Zucker Eric Staal Mikael Granlund
Zach Parise Charlie Coyle Nino Niederreiter
Jordan Greenway Joel Eriksson Ek Luke Kunin
Marcus Foligno Eric Fehr J.T. Brown

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ryan Suter Mathew Dumba
Jonas Brodin Jared Spurgeon
Nick Seeler Grer Pateryn

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Devan Dubnyk
Cam Ward