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

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It wasn’t pretty at times, but the Canadiens got the win on Tuesday. They go for two in a row agaisnt St. Louis tonight.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens @ St. Louis Blues

How to watch

Start time: 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Blues region: Fox Sports-Midwest
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

Despite a win (not exactly a convincing one) over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, Claude Julien is tinkering with his lineup once more for the road game versus the St. Louis Blues. Charles Hudon and Matthew Peca are out after getting one game of action, as Nicolas Deslauriers and Michael Chaput step back in after two days off.

We also see the return of Karl Alzner, who will play his first game in over a month, spelling off Mikey Reilly. And the starter gets his net back as Carey Price faces one of the league’s lowest-ranked clubs this evening.

Part of the reason for St. Louis’s low standing spot is the amount of games they’ve played. Tonight is just their 42nd contest of the year, compared to the 46 the team two points above them in the Central Division, the Chicago Blackhawks, have played. If they simply hang on to the .500 record they’ve managed in recent weeks, they will make up ground as the schedule rebalances itself.

That may not be a desirable outcome for the Blues, who are most likely missing the playoffs this season, and sit in a decent draft position right now. With reports already of players from their roster available, it’s only a matter of time before the selloff to prepare for future seasons begins.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin Max Domi Joel Armia
Artturi Lehkonen Jesperi Kotkaniemi Paul Byron
Kenny Agostino Michael Chaput Nicolas Deslauriers

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Karl Alzner Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

St. Louis Blues projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jaden Schwartz Brayden Schenn Vladimir Tarasenko
Zachary Sanford Ryan O'Reilly David Perron
Robby Fabbri Robert Thomas Patrick Maroon
Samuel Blais Ivan Barbashev Oskar Sundqvist

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Carl Gunnarsson Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester Colton Parayko
Joel Edmundson Robert Bortuzzo

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Jordan Binnington
Jake Allen