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Canadiens @ Maple Leafs: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

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The Leafs will rest their star players for Monday’s date with the Canadiens.

Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs tonight. It will be their second game away from the Bell Centre this pre-season, but the first in which they won’t be granted the last change.

With training camp beginning for the Laval Rocket, most of the waiver-exempt players are now battling for AHL spots, leaving the more veteran players to battle for any remaining spots on the Canadiens roster. Tonight will see the return of Artturi Lehkonen, Charles Hudon, and many of the players left on the sidelines for Saturday’s comeback win over the Ottawa Senators.

It seems the Leafs have decided to use this evening’s game as their first AHL exhibition match, dressing many of the players who will eventually make their way to the Marlies, and very few who will be on the opening-night roster just over a week from now.

It does set up the potential for a nearly full lineup when the Leafs travel to Montreal in two days’ time. For now, fans in Toronto will have to settle for a preview of the team that will attempt to defend the Calder Cup, while the Canadiens on the bubble for spots will have to ensure they don’t take this competition lightly.

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)
In the Leafs region: TSN4, TSN Direct (English)
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#54 Charles Hudon #63 Matthew Peca #62 Artturi Lehkonen
#43 Michael Chaput #15 Jesperi Kotkaniemi #40 Joel Armia
#25 Jacob de la Rose #88 Nick Suzuki #38 Nikita Scherbak
#45 Hunter Shinkaruk #42 Byron Froese #47 Kenny Agostino

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#27 Karl Alzner #32 Simon Desprès
#61 Xavier Ouellet #36 Brett Lernout
#17 Rinat Valiev #73 Michal Moravčík

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#37 Antti Niemi
#39 Charlie Lindgren

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Andreas Johnsson Par Lindholm Jeremy Bracco
Dmytro Timashov Josh Jooris Kasperi Kapanen
Colin Greening Adam Brooks Adam Cracknell
Carl Grundstrom Trevor Moore Pierre Engvall

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Martin Marincin Connor Carrick
Andreas Borgman Justin Holl
Rasmus Sandin Jordan Subban

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Curtis McElhinney
Garret Sparks