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

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The Habs look for retribution after handing the Red Wings one of their eight wins earlier in the season.

Detroit Red Wings v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: Sportsnet East, CityTV, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the US: NHL Network
In the Red Wings region: Fox Sports Detroit
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live

The Detroit Red Wings got off to surprising start in 2019-20. Largely expected to finish at the bottom of the standings, they nevertheless opened the season with three wins in their first four games. That third win came at the expense of the Canadiens, a 4-2 regulation victory earned when a red-hot Anthony Mantha recorded his sixth goal of the young campaign. The result placed Montreal’s record at a disappointing 1-1-2.

Following that game, the Red Wings lost their next eight, and just recently snapped a separate 12-game skid. Five wins in the next 29 games was all they could muster, and they head into Montreal in the originally projected spot at 31st in the NHL.

Montreal’s own slump began when several players were forced from the lineup with injury. It was thought they would soon be getting back the services of Paul Byron after he practised with the team yesterday, but he has now been ruled out for the entirety of the upoming Western Canadian road trip.

For now, Montreal will have to run with the same group it has for the last few weeks, but that is a group that has pulled out of the tailspin to start putting victories together. A game versus the Red Wings stands in the way of a four-game winning streak.

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 Joel Armia
Nick Cousins Nick Suzuki Jordan Weal
Ryan Poehling Nate Thompson Riley Barber

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Brett Kulak Jeff Petry
Otto Leskinen Cale Fleury

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Charlie Lindgren

Injured: Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Victor Mete, Matthew Peca
Scratched: Christian Folin, Mikey Reilly

Detroit Red Wings projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tyler Bertuzzi Dylan Larkin Robby Fabbri
Filip Zadina Valtteri Filppula Anthony Mantha
Andreas Athanasiou Luke Glendening Darren Helm
Brendan Perlini Christoffer Ehn Adam Erne

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Patrik Nemeth Mike Green
Trevor Daley Filip Hronek
Jonathan Ericsson Alex Biega

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Jonathan Bernier
Eric Comrie