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The Habs come home hoping to end a five game losing streak

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

The Montreal Canadiens had a very good third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets but couldn’t get anything on the scoreboard and now head back home and host the Dallas Stars.

The Canadiens will be turning to Antti Niemi after Lindgren started last night. They are also making one change up front with Byron Froese replacing Daniel Carr, which means that Phillip Danault and Rinat Valiev will miss another game.

Montreal have lost five straight games and have seemingly rotated between solid efforts and disappointing ones on their recent road trip. Brendan Gallagher remains a competitor every night and yesterday he scored his career-high 25th goal of the season on a beautiful deflection.

For Dallas, a pair of familiar faces return to Montreal in Alexander Radulov and Greg Pateryn. Radulov was a crowd favourite last year but chose Dallas as a free agent. He lines up on their top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Radulov has 25 goals and 35 assists for 60 points which ties him with Benn, five points behind Seguin for the team lead.

Pateryn, for his part, was traded for Jordie Benn just before last year’s trade deadline. He has played 60 of Dallas’s 69 games this season and has one goal and nine assists this year.

Defensively, the Stars are led by John Klingberg who has seven goals and 50 assists to lead all NHL defencemen in scoring.

Kari Lehtonen will get the start for the Stars tonight, and it will be his 21st game of the season. Lehtonen actually has better numbers this season than Ben Bishop, who is currently out with a knee injury but in less playing time.

The Stars are holding on to the top Wild Card in the Western Conference, two points clear of the Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks who are tied for the second Wild Card and three up on the St. Louis Blues.

Puck drop is at 7:30 PM EST/ 4:30 PM PST

How to watch

In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN GO (English), RDS (French)
In the Stars region: Fox Sports Southwest
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL GameCentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Paul Byron Jonathan Drouin Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Jacob de la Rose Artturi Lehkonen
Daniel Carr Logan Shaw Kerby Rychel
Nicolas Deslauriers Michael McCarron Byron Froese

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jordie Benn Jeff Petry
Karl Alzner Noah Juulsen
Mike Reilly Brett Lernout

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Dallas Stars projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jake Guentzel Sidney Crosby Conor Sheary
Carl Hagelin Evgeni Malkin Patric Hornqvist
Riley Sheahan Derick Brassard Phil Kessel
Tom Kuhnackl Carter Rowney Bryan Rust

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Brian Dumoulin Kris Letang
Jamie Oleksiak Justin Schultz
Olli Maatta Chad Ruhwedel

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Tristan Jerry
Casey DeSmith