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Claude Julien tries something a little different as the Habs return home.

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens @ Colorado Avalanche

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the Avalanche region: Altitude
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

With the offence treading water in recent games, and the lack of production from Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin extending back even farther, Claude Julien decided to make a few tweaks to his forward combinations for tonight’s game.

Drouin technically moves up a line, though the result is getting two of the top possession players in the league to insulate him, allowing for more chances to get into the offensive zone where his skills can be put to use. It’s a similar story for Domi, as he slots in between Artturi Lehkonen and Joel Armia.

It means Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s line gets affected as well, but he now had both Tomas Tatar and Paul Byron to work with, so the rookie should still be able to put on his show in the offensive zone.

Karl Alzner is also back in the pressbox after his one game of action, allowing for the return of Mikey Reilly.

The Habs will be hoping to find enough offence to outscore the Avalanche tonight, relying on a bit of shakeup to add some energy in the attacking end.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

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

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Mikey Reilly Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Colorado Avalanche projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Gabriel Landeskog Nathan MacKinnon Mikko Rantanen
Tyson Jost Alex Kerfoot Colin Wilson
Matt Calvert Carl Soderberg J.T. Compher
Matt Nieto Sheldon Dries Sven Andrighetto

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Samuel Girard Erik Johnson
Ian Cole Tyson Barrie
Ryan Graves Mark Barberio

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Semyon Varlamov
Philipp Grubauer