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

Two struggling teams clash after the trade deadline, and the lineups look a little different from their last meeting.

NHL: New York Islanders at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The dust has settled following the trade deadline. The New York Islanders did not make any noise at all, while Montreal sent a pair of its regular lineup players to new homes.

The Islanders haven’t played since last Saturday when they clashed with division foe New Jersey in a 2-1 loss, their third straight at that point. Montreal will look to make that four straight games. The Canadiens themselves have lost two extremely close contests in the shootout to the division leading Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning, while putting a stomping on the hapless New York Rangers.

Out of all the deadline pieces acquired, it looks like Mike Reilly will be the only one to make his debut tonight, as both Kerby Rychel and Rinat Valiev spend some time helping out the Rocket in Laval. Andrew Shaw will also return from injury tonight.

This game has the potential to be a high scoring, sloppy affair as both sides have penalty kills in the bottom part of the NHL, and the Islanders tend to give up chunks of goals with relative ease. Montreal will still be forced to keep the Isles handful of scoring threats at bay in John Tavares, Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle, not an easy task for a defensive unit that has struggled this year. Either way, tonight’s contest should be an entertaining affair.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST

How to watch

In Canada: Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English), RDS (French)
In the Islanders region: MSG+
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL GameCentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Jonathan Drouin Artturi Lehkonen
Alex Galchenyuk Phillip Danault Charles Hudon
Paul Byron Jacob de la Rose Brendan Gallagher
Nikita Scherbak Byron Froese Andrew Shaw

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Jeff Petry
Karl Alzner Noah Juulsen
Mike Reilly Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: David Schlemko, Daniel Carr, Nicolas Deslauriers, Logan Shaw
Injured: Ales Hemsky (concussion), Carey Price (concussion), Shea Weber (foot)

New York Islanders projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Anders Lee John Tavares Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier Mathew Barzal Jordan Eberle
Andrew Ladd Brock Nelson Tanner Fritz
Ross Johnston Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Adam Pelech Sebastian Aho
Thomas Hickey Ryan Pulock

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Jaroslav Halak
Thomas Griess