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Montreal welcomes a familiar face to the Bell Centre for the last game in January.

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens vs. Arizona Coyotes

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: Sportsnet One, Sportsnet Now (English)
In the Canadiens region: RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Coyotes region: Fox Sports-Arizona
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

Despite a large amount of injuries, the Arizona Coyotes keep working their way up the Western Conference standings. A win last night allowed them to jump ahead of the Edmonton Oilers (perhaps playing a role in the Canadian team’s quick decision to fire general manager Peter Chiarelli) and there are now have just two teams between them a playoff spot.

An injury sustained last night may prove costly for the makeshift roster Arizona has been forced to run. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is unable to play tonight after needing to leave Tuesday’s game in Ottawa, taking away their best player for the second half of a back-to-back.

With the exception of an injured Andrew Shaw and a suspended Paul Byron, the Canadiens have their full roster intact, as well as several days of rest on their side. Arizona’s current number-one netminder, Darcy Kuemper, will also be on the bench tonight while Carey Price steps in for Montreal.

All of those personnel options point to a one-sided matchup in tonight’s game. If the Canadiens are eager for two points tonight, a consistent effort should add them to their record on the final night of action before the All-Star break.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jonathan Drouin Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Tomas Tatar Max Domi Artturi Lehkonen
Charles Hudon Jesperi Kotkaniemi Joel Armia
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

Arizona Coyotes projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Richard Panik Derek Stepan Vinnie Hinostroza
Clayton Keller Nick Cousins Christian Fischer
Alex Galchenyuk Jordan Weal Conor Garland
Lawson Crouse Mario Kempe Josh Archibald

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Alex Goligoski Niklas Hjalmarsson
Jakob Chychrun Jordan Oesterle
Kevin Connauton Ilya Lyubushkin

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Calvin Pickard
Darcy Kuemper