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Tomas Plekanec plays the Canadiens for the first time since being traded on February 26.

Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs

The Montreal Canadiens are facing Tomas Plekanec for the first time since trading him to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Rinat Valiev, Kerby Rychel, and a second-round pick.

There was an optional morning skate, so there is no confirmation on who the starting goalie is, but it is safe to assume that Antti Niemi will probably get the call based on his play in previous games. Carey Price is back with the team, but is not yet ready to suit up for game action.

As for the Leafs, they are still without Auston Matthews, who has returned to the ice, but is still out. Leo Komarov is also out for the Leafs, as is their #1 goaltender, Frederik Andersen.

The Habs will be looking to replicate their fast start against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but maintain that level of play over 60 minutes. To do so they will need Brendan Gallagher to continue his hot streak as well as to continue to get production from Nikita Scherbak, Alex Galchenyuk, and Artturi Lehkonen.

Michael McCarron will be in the lineup tonight and will be looking to have an impact with his new approach to the game. He will most likely be on the fourth line and would be taking the place of one of Byron Froese, Daniel Carr, or Nicolas Deslauriers.

How to watch

Puck drop is 7:00 EDT / 4:00 PDT

In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the US: NHL Network
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
Nikita Scherbak Logan Shaw Charles Hudon
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
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Zach Hyman William Nylander Andreas Johnsson
Patrick Marleau Nazem Kadri Mitch Marner
James Van Riemsdyk Tyler Bozak Connor Brown
Dominic Moore Tomas Plekanec Kasperi Kapanen

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Morgan Rielly Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner Roman Polak
Travis Dermott Connor Carrick

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Curtis McElhinney
Garrett Sparks