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Canadiens vs. Predators: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

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The Canadiens have won five of their last six, and look to continue that run of form in a home game this evening.

Nashville Predators v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. Nashville Predators

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: Sportsnet East/360, CityTV, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the Predators region: FS-TN
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

Any fears that a nagging injury to Carey Price would affect his game were allayed with a shutout performance on Thursday night, as he stopped the 33 shots the Vancouver Canucks tested him with. It was his second shutout of the year, and his ninth win in his last 12 starts. He’ll need another great performance tonight versus the best defensive team in the NHL; one that is allowing an average of about two-and-a-half goals per game.

Despite that ability to keep pucks out of their own net, the Predators have just recently snapped a six-game losing streak, getting consecutive wins before falling again last night to the Detroit Red Wings in overtime. It’s a bit of a mid-season slide for one of the top teams in the Western Conference, and one the Canadiens will hope to capitalize on.

The home team will be relying on its hottest player to keep his streak going. I am, of course, speaking of Jordie Benn, who has five points in his last five games, two goals in his last three, and is riding a three-game point streak. With Jamie facing criticism in Dallas for his recent play, Jordie has seized his opportunity to be the best of the Brothers Benn, and won’t be eager to relinquish those bragging rights anytime soon.

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 Paul Byron
Artturi Lehkonen Jesperi Kotkaniemi Joel Armia
Nicolas Deslauriers Michael Chaput Kenny Agostino

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

Nashville Predators projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Ryan Hartman Ryan Johansen Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala Calle Jarnkrok Craig Smith
Phillip Di Giuseppe Nick Bonino Austin Watson
Miikka Salomaki Frederick Gaudreau Rocco Grimaldi

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Roman Josi Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm P.K. Subban
Dan Hamhuis Anthony Bitetto

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Juuse Saros
Pekka Rinne