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

The losing streak will end at some point. Is tonight the night?

NHL: New York Islanders at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Islanders

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 Islanders region: MSG+
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live

There have been some changes since the last game the Canadiens played. Keith Kinkaid’s spot on the roster has been handed to Cayden Primeau, who is up from the AHL. Joining the young netminder on the trip from Laval was Matthew Peca, who steps into the lineup right away, bumping Charles Hudon to the press box.

After a rough night on Sunday versus the Boston Bruins, Nick Cousins stays in looking to get some redemption and play his part in snapping an eight-game losing streak. He’s seeking his first point in 11 games after a strong start to his Canadiens tenure.

Montreal faces on of the most effective goaltenders in the league tonight, as well as a club that likes to play a relentless forechecking game. Frustration is due to mount if the physical play limits the Habs’ ability to rush up the ice and the netminder stops them when they do, especially given how desperate they are for a win. The goal will therefore be to get out to a quick start and give themselves a boost, perhaps with an early goal from Joel Armia for a third consecutive game.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Nick Cousins Max Domi Nick Suzuki
Artturi Lehkonen Jesperi Kotkaniemi Joel Armia
Matthew Peca Nate Thompson Jordan Weal

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Brett Kulak Jeff Petry
Gustav Olofsson Cale Fleury

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Cayden Primeau

Injured: Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin, Victor Mete
Scratched: Charles Hudon, Mikey Reilly

New York Islanders projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Anders Lee Mathew Barzal Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier Brock Nelson Derick Brassard
Leo Komarov Otto Koivula Jordan Eberle
Matt Martin Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Adam Pelech Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews Scott Mayfield

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Thomas Greiss
Semyon Varlamov