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

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The Canadiens kick off another back-to-back on home ice.

Colorado Avalanche v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. Colorado Avalanche

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 Avalanche region: Altitude
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live

After going the last homestand without a win, the Canadiens can wrap up a mini one with a sweep should they get another victory tonight. The Colorado Avalanche aren’t going to make that an easy feat, as they themselves are looking to win five in a row.

Tonight will see the NHL debut of Cayden Primeau, taking the crease to face the best offence in the NHL. It’s as tough a deployment as a netminder could face in the league this season — perhaps an unnecessary one with the New York Rangers on the docket tomorrow night — but there is a chance for the rookie to show off the talents that make him one of the top prospects in the organization.

He won’t be alone in making that debut. Otto Leskinen, who had been playing in front of Primeau in the AHL before his recall, will also dress in his first game in the top league after a few seasons in Liiga. On a rotating cast of blue-liners used to fill out the left-side spots, the Finn is the latest Laval Rocket player to get his shot.

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
Otto Leskinen Cale Fleury

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Cayden Primeau
Carey Price

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

Colorado Avalanche projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Gabriel Landeskog Nathan MacKinnon Mikko Rantanen
Joonas Donskoi J.T. Compher Andre Burakovsky
Matt Calvert Pierre-Edouard Bellmare Valeri Nichushkin
Matt Nieto Tyson Jost T.J. Tynan

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ryan Graves Cale Makar
Samuel Girard Nikita Zadorov
Ian Cole Calle Rosen

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Philipp Grubauer
Pavel Francouz