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How will Montreal rebound after arguably their worst game of the year?

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

To put things lightly, Saturday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs was an abject disaster. Montreal looked like a Pee-Wee team against a Toronto side missing several of its star players, and that was reflected on the shot counter and the scoreboard.

The season rolls on however, as the Canadiens start their last handful of games, beginning with another match against the Florida Panthers. With 13 games left to play, the Panthers sit five points out of the final wild-card spot in the Easteren Conference, and a loss to the Canadiens would deal a huge blow to their post-season chances.

As for the Habs, the team will hopefully come out of the game like a rocket given their performance against the Leafs. Antti Niemi will see a start between the pipes, with Carey Price serving as his backup for tonight’s game, as he tries to continue his revenge tour against his former teams. He got the win against Dallas last week, but couldn’t stop a late goal in a 5-3 loss to the Penguins.

Regardless of that, the Habs should put forth a better effort; if not the remaining nine games after this one could drag on even slower than the second half already is.

If you’re still looking for a reason to tune in, Brendan Gallagher is closing in on a new career high in points and chasing the 30-goal mark. Jonathan Drouin has started showing much more of what he’s capable of in recent games, including killing penalties for Claude Julien. And of course there’s always the continuing redemption story of Niemi.

How to Watch

Puck drop is at 7:30PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDT

In Canada: TSN2, TSNGO (English), RDS (French)
In the Panthers region: Fox Sports-Florida
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

Florida Panthers projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Evgenii Dadonov Aleksander Barkov Nick Bjugstad
Jonathan Huberdeau Vincent Trocheck Denis Malgin
Maxim Mamin Jared McCann Frank Vatrano
Jamie McGinn Derek MacKenzie Colton Sceviour

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Keith Yandle Aaron Ekblad
Michael Matheson Mark Pysyk
MacKenzie Weegar Alex Petrovic

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Roberto Luongo
James Reimer