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

Montreal will hope Paul Byron’s return can provide the spark the team has been missing.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Montreal Canadiens
Nov 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save against Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron (41) during the second period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
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Montreal Canadiens @ Columbus Blue Jackets

How to watch

Start time: 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Blue Jackets region: Fox Sports - Ohio
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / Rogers NHL Live

Paul Byron was activated off the Injured Reserve list today, meaning Claude Julien needed to make a few tweaks to his lineup, While he was at it, he decided to make a series of shuffles among the forward corps.

Byron himself will be playing opposite Andrew Shaw, with Jesperi Kotkaniemi in the middle, which should be an interesting group to watch. After a few costly errors, Jonathan Drouin is off the top line and back with Max Domi as Tomas Tatar reclaims his position as Phillip Danault’s left-winger. Artturi Lehkonen and Joel Armia are no longer with the Canadiens’ Finnish rookie, but the hope seems to be they can provide some stability to lines that otherwise are built from primarily offensive-minded players.

While the Canadiens get an addition, the Blue Jackets see a major subtraction, as team scoring leader Artemi Panarin is out of the lineup tonight. It’s a major blow to a team fighting for its own position in the playoff race, but one that the Canadiens will welcome as they look to snap a four-game winless streak.

UPDATE: Turns out Julien was having too much fun changing the pieces around. With Danault absent tonight, Nate Thompson will be the top-line centre, while Shaw and Armia are on the second and third lines, respectively.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Nate Thompson Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin Max Domi Andrew Shaw
Paul Byron Jesperi Kotkaniemi Joel Armia
Artturi Lehkonen Matthew Peca Charles Hudon

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Mikey Reilly Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Columbus Blue Jackets projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Nick Foligno Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Anthony Duclair Boone Jenner Josh Anderson
Eric Robinson Alexander Wennberg Oliver Bjorkstrand
Riley Nash Brandon Dubinsky Lukas Sedlak

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Seth Jones Ryan Murray
Zach Werenski David Savard
Scott Harrington Markus Nutivaara

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo