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Canadiens @ Wild: Game preview, start time, Tale of the Tape, and how to watch

The Habs aim to start a win streak.

NHL: DEC 11 Canadiens at Wild Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ Minnesota Wild

How to watch

Start time: 5:00 PM EDT / 2:00 PM PDT
In Canada: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Wild region: Fox Sports North/Wisconsin
Streaming: / NHL Live

The Montreal Canadiens started off a short two-game road trip on Saturday, taking on the St. Louis Blues for the second and final time this season. The Habs got a full-team effort in a rare afternoon game, taking over offensively in the second period to create a commanding lead, then riding it out to a 5-2 victory.

It was the first time this season Montreal had come away with two points in consecutive games, and it also gave them a sweep in their two-game set with the Blues this season after a previous three-goal victory at the Bell Centre on October 12.

Back in action today, the Canadiens have a chance at another season sweep of a Central Division team when they take on the Minnesota Wild.

Tale of the Tape

Canadiens Statistic Wild
Canadiens Statistic Wild
4-2-2 Record 1-6-0
1-0-0 H2H Record 0-1-0
51.2% (12th) Corsi-for pct. 49.4% (18th)
3.75 (4th) Goals per game 2.00 (31st)
3.13 (17th) Goals against per game 4.14 (31st)
25.8% (8th) PP% 12.0% (25th)
73.1% (25th) PK% 77.8% (20th)
L-W-L-W-W Form L-L-W-L-L

The Wild aren’t having much fun this year. Not only are they not winning (they have just one victory in seven games), they’re not scoring. Occupying the final spot in the standings, they’re also at the bottom of the list in goals per game, with just two per contest.

They didn’t get even one in their last game, as Carey Price handled the 17 shots the Wild sent in his direction on Thursday. While the Bell Centre crowd was riding the highs of first NHL goals from Victor Mete and Nick Suzuki in the first period, the visitors were at the opposite end of the spectrum, showing little pushback for the rest of the night as Montreal took the game 4-0.

Minnesota hasn’t played since that night, but they have been occupied with a bit of drama in the last few days. After what was their sixth loss of the season — and the most lopsided one, despite all of them being by multiple goals — it was time to apportion blame for the disastrous start.

Jason Zucker took the chance to include his coach in the list of people responsible, not letting Bruce Boudreau off the hook for his part in the proceedings:

Yesterday, he apologized for his comment, as criticism of the coach isn’t a thing you can get away with in the NHL. But it’s safe to say there’s been a bit of tension in the organization, and the only thing that’s going to relief it is more success on the ice.

Montreal is probably not the team they want to face right after their players-only meeting. No amount of desire is going to make Minnesota’s players any faster, and the disparity in speed was obvious when the clubs met a few days ago. With Montreal now feeling as good as they have all year, that speed is coupled with plenty of confidence throughout the lineup. The Wild will need either a major drop in the Canadiens’ level or a massive leap in theirs if they want to have a chance of competing tonight.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen Max Domi Paul Byron
Jonathan Drouin Jesperi Kotkaniemi Jordan Weal
Nick Cousins Nate Thompson Nick Suzuki


Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Brett Kulak Jeff Petry
Ben Chiarot Cale Fleury


Keith Kinkaid
Carey Price

Scratched: Christian Folin, Mikey Reilly
Injured: Joel Armia

Minnesota Wild projected lineup


Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jordan Greenway Eric Staal Kevin Fiala
Zach Parise Mikko Koivu Jason Zucker
Gerald Mayhew Ryan Donato Luke Kunin
Marcus Foligno Gabriel Dumont Ryan Hartman


Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ryan Suter Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin Matt Dumba
Nick Seeler Brad Hunt


Devan Dubnyk
Alex Stalock