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One Finn returns, but another leaves as the Canadiens get back in action.

NHL: FEB 16 Canadiens at Lightning Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ Tampa Bay Lightning

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: CityTV, Sportsnet East/360, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the Lightning region: SUN
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live

The Canadiens may have added a forward back into the mix over the Christmas break, as Jesperi Kotkaniemi returns to the lineup, dropping into Nick Suzuki’s spot at third-line centre. However, the wrist injury Joel Armia sustained in Winnipeg in the Canadiens’ last game has another Finn on the sidelines, creating the hole Suzuki will fill in tonight’s game.

Armia’s loss is a big one. His size and puck-protection skills will be sorely missed versus a skilled division rival. The good news is that after several games of trying to work with some linemates who weren’t quite at his level, Suzuki gets to play alongside some players more likely to generate some offence, and that line could be a key one in tonight’s game.

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
Nick Cousins Jesperi Kotkaniemi Jordan Weal
Ryan Poehling Nate Thompson Riley Barber

Defencemen

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

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Charlie Lindgren

Injured: Joel Armia, Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin, Victor Mete, Matthew Peca
Scratched: Christian Folin, Mikey Reilly, Lukas Vejdemo

Tampa Bay Lightning projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Ondrej Palat Brayden Point Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn Anthony Cirelli Steven Stamkos
Patrick Maroon Cedric Paquette Carter Verhaeghe
Yanni Gourde Tyler Johnson Mathieu Joseph

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Hedman Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev Kevin Shattenkirk

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney