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

After starting 3-1, Montreal’s now just hoping to finish a seven-game stretch on the road with a winning record.

Montreal Canadiens v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ Carolina Hurricanes

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 Hurricans region: Fox Sports Carolina
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live

Things were looking very promising for Montreal when they pulled out a 6-2 victory in Winnipeg on December 23 to move to 3-1 on the portion of the road swing played in Western Canada. They weren’t allowing many goals, and were getting plenty from their own players.

The two games in Florida played on back-to-back nights were near-disastrous loses, losing ground to teams they may need to finish above to make the post-season. The uninterested defensive play that had been a feature of the November slide returned versus the two Atlantic Division opponents, seeing Carey Price allow 11 goals in a 27-hour span.

Claude Julien turns to Charlie Lindgren tonight in hopes that he can inspire the team to play a sounder game in front of its netminder. There will also be a change at forward, as Lukas Vejdemo, who had watched the first six games of his first NHL recall from the press box, gets set to make his debut in the top league tonight. His speed will be a good addition to the club, and his 200-foot game should also endear him to his new coach early. He may give the fourth line a boost, encouraging Julien to play his bottom trio more and helping the top players deal with playing a third game in four nights.

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
Ryan Poehling Jesperi Kotkaniemi Nick Cousins
Lukas Vejdemo Nate Thompson Jordan Weal

Defencemen

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

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Charlie Lindgren
Carey Price

Injured: Joel Armia, Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin, Matthew Peca
Scratched: Riley Barber, Christian Folin, Mikey Reilly

Carolina Hurricanes projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Andrei Svechnikov Jordan Staal Warren Foegele
Nino Niederreiter Sebastian Aho Teuvo Teravainen
Ryan Dzingel Erik Haula Martin Necas
Brock McGinn Lucas Wallmark Jordan Martinook

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jaccob Slavin Dougie Hamilton
Jake Gardiner Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury Joel Edmundson

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Petr Mrazek
James Reimer