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Canadiens vs. Red Wings: Game thread, roster, lines, and how to watch

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In a battle off lottery teams, Montreal will be hoping for a better showing than this past weekend.

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings are two very old, and very proud hockey clubs that have fallen to the wayside. Both clubs are in the running for the best shot at the first overall pick this year, and the game between them tonight is extremely important in that regard.

Led by Dylan Larkin and the ageless Henrik Zetterberg, the Red Wings have struggled to generate much, if any noise this year, but are still more than capable of posting plenty of goals against a lacking Montreal team. Other young stars like Anthony Mantha and Gustav Nyquist highlight a rather meager side from Michigan, while in net Jimmy Howard and Jared Coreau have been underwhelming to say the least.

The last time these teams met, it was arguably the high point of Montreal’s season, with a pair of back to back routs, including a 10-1 affair that was capped off by a Paul Byron hat trick. Since then both sides have slid down the rankings, and in Montreal’s case lost most of their star players to various injuries.

It won’t be an instant classic, but at least it’s a matchup between two of the nicest sweaters in the NHL.

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

How to Watch

In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Go (English), RDS (French)
In the Red Wings region: Fox Sports Detroit
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

Detroit Red Wings projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tyler Bertuzzi Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyqvist
Darren Helm Dylan Larkin Anthony Mantha
Andreas Athansiou Frans Nielsen Justin Abdelkader
Evgeny Svechnikov Luke Glendening Martin Frk

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jonathan Eriksson Trevor Daley
Danny Dekeyser Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall Xavier Ouellet

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Jimmy Howard
Jared Coreau