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

There’s one more chance for those on the bubble to make an impression on the coaching staff tonight.

NHL: Preseason-Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens open up the regular season on Wednesday night, with many players knowing they will be on the roster when the 82-game schedule begins. Many veterans are simple waiting for the real games to start, while Victor Mete and Jesperi Kotkaniemi, the young players who have surprised the most over the last two seasons, will watch tonight’s game knowing that they have done everything required of them at training camp.

However, there are still more players than there are spots available for the season, so despite the score not meaning much in tonight’s final game, the performances of the players will.

A brimming pool of left-wingers has left Charles Hudon without an assurance of a quality roster position, but with a solid effort on a line with Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault, he can remind the coaching staff just how effective his game can be. Xavier Ouellet has had a good camp and can prove he’s one of the better defenders in tonight’s game to earn his position.

The main battles will be contested at the bottom of the forward lineup, with Matthew Peca, Jacob de la Rose, Kenny Agostino, Michael Chaput, and Nikita Scherbak still in the mix. All of the players would need to be placed on waivers before they could play in the AHL, so the Canadiens will need to ensure they’re keeping their best players and not risking the loss of a superior one.

Deciding on who will comprise the fourth line is going to be an agonizing process for the men at the helm, and tonight is the last chance for the players to stand out from the crowd.

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

How to watch

In the Canadiens region: RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Senators region: TSN5, TSN Direct (English)
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#90 Tomas Tatar #24 Phillip Danault #54 Charles Hudon
#41 Paul Byron #92 Jonathan Drouin #40 Joel Armia
#47 Kenny Agostino #63 Matthew Peca #38 Nikita Scherbak
#25 Jacob de la Rose #14 Tomas Plekanec #43 Michael Chaput

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#61 Xavier Ouellet #58 Noah Juulsen
#8 Jordie Benn #26 Jeff Petry
#27 Karl Alzner #32 Simon Desprès

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#31 Carey Price
#37 Antti Niemi

Ottawa Senators projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Ryan Dzingel Matt Duchene Bobby Ryan
Brady Tkachuk Zack Smith Mark Stone
Alex Formenton Chris Tierney Mikkel Boedker
Max McCormick Tom Pyatt Magnus Paajarvi

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Borowiecku Cody Ceci
Dylan DeMelo Thomas Chabot
Ben Harpur Chris Wideman

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Craig Anderson
Mike McKenna