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

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The Habs play their only game in a five-day span at home versus Columbus.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Blue Jackets region: Fox Sports Ohio
Streaming: NHL.tv/ NHL Live

Claude Julien is happy with the formation that came away with a 3-2 victory on Saturday night, sticking with the same lines and pairings for the brief homestand finale tonight. It was thought that Jesperi Kotkaniemi would be set to return for tonight’s game, but with two more off days after this one, the decision was to wait to make sure it isn’t something that will flare up once more.

The Canadiens got some scoring from their power play — more specifically Shea Weber on the power play. The captain may get a chance to replicate that success versus a Columbus Blue Jackets penalty kill that doesn’t fare much better than Montreal’s.

After an off-season of turnover, the Blue Jackets are giving up the ninth-most goals in the league and scoring the second-fewest. On paper, this should be a convincing win for Montreal, but NHL teams have a knack for pulling off surprises when you count them out before the games are played. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes (twice) saw that first-hand, so Montreal will need to stay on its toes versus a team with a bite worse than its bark.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jonathan Drouin Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Paul Byron Max Domi Joel Armia
Tomas Tatar Nick Suzuki Artturi Lehkonen
Ryan Poehling Nate Thompson Nick Cousins

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

Injured: Jesperi Kotkaniemi
Scratched: Christian Folin, Mikey Reilly, Jordan Weal

Columbus Blue Jackets projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Gustav Nyquist Pierre-Luc Dubois Oliver Bjorkstrand
Alexandre Texier Alexander Wennberg Cam Atkinson
Sonny Milano Boone Jenner Josh Anderson
Eric Robinson Riley Nash Emil Bemstrom

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Vladislav Gavrikov David Savard
Scott Harrington Dean Kukan

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Elvis Merzlikins
Joonas Korpisalo