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

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The rivalry’s first instalment of the new season takes place on the opening Saturday night.

NHL: SEP 25 Preseason - Canadiens at Maple Leafs Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: CBC, Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the US: NHL Network
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / NHL Live

Montreal fell into an 0-2 hole in their first game of the season on Thursday, but were able to respond with three goals in the second period to temporarily take the lead. They allowed a tying goal in the third, and were ultimately defeated in a shootout.

The Canadiens will want to avoid a similar start this evening. If the Toronto Maple Leafs net two goals early, there may be no shutting those floodgates. Tonight’s hosts have nine goals through two games and will be eager to add to that total.

A four-wave attack will be Montreal’s answer. The first game versus the Hurricanes saw the bottom two lines get on the scoresheet, so there’s plenty of offence to be had from all units. The team even managed a power-play goal, which is a good sign for the new season after how poorly they performance on the man advantage a year ago.

The same lineup Montreal iced on Thursday night will be in action this evening. Chemistry will be developing on all trios and pairings, which will be important if the Habs are to challenge one of the league’s top offences. The Leafs are playing their third game in the opening four days of the season, so a 60-minute effort could lead to a few breakdowns in the Canadiens’ favour.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

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

Defencemen

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

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Keith Kinkaid

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Kasperi Kapanen John Tavares Mitch Marner
Andreas Johnsson Auston Matthews William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev Alexander Kerfoot Trevor Moore
Dmytro Timashov Nick Shore Frederik Gauthier

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Morgan Rielly Cody Ceci
Jake Muzzin Tyson Barrie
Rasmus Sandin Martin Marincin

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Michael Hutchinson
Frederik Andersen