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

The pre-season begins with New Jersey’s B-team in town.

NHL: Preseason-New Jersey Devils at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

After a few days of getting to know their linemates’ tendencies, teams around the league are facing each other to work on getting up to speed for the regular season.

The Montreal Canadiens begin by hosting the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre tonight. With New Jersey also having a game in New York, they’ve opted to keep their star players closer to home, shipping more of their depth options north for this contest.

As a result, there won’t be many familiar names on the opposite side, but there will be plenty of players eager to make a big enough impression to stay in the mix for a roster spot. We’ve watched a Canadiens team made up of mostly AHL players hold their own versus nearly full NHL lineups in the past, and no less should be expected of tonight’s opponent.

Montreal’s group will likely be full of less-experienced players as well, as the main battles are lower in the lineup for the team, though there will still be some NHLers working to get on the same page for when the games begin to matter in October.

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

How to watch

In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL GameCentre Live

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
90 Tomas Tatar 24 Phillip Danault 11 Brendan Gallagher
20 Nicolas Deslauriers 15 Jesperi Kotkaniemi 62 Artturi Lehkonen
45 Hunter Shinkaruk 14 Tomas Plekanec 54 Charles Hudon
25 Jacob de la Rose 43 Michael Chaput 42 Byron Froese

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
53 Victor Mete 58 Noah Juulsen
27 Karl Alzner 21 David Schlemko
17 Rinat Valiev 32 Simon Desprès

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
37 Antti Niemi
39 Charlie Lindgren

New Jersey Devils projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Marcus Johansson Pavel Zacha Kyle Palmieri
Marian Studenic Travis Zajac Drew Stafford
Blake Coleman Brett Seney Joey Anderson
Brandon Baddock Brandon Gignac Blake Speers
Nathan Bastian

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Mirco Mueller Damon Severson
Will Butcher Ben Lovejoy
Brian Strait Josh Jacobs
Xavier Bernard

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Eddie Lack
Mackenizie Blackwood