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

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Facing little resistance in the season series so far, the Canadiens hope that trend continues this evening.

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings

How to watch

Start time: 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Red Wings region: Fox Sports Detroit
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / Rogers NHL Live

The Montreal Canadiens face the Detroit Red Wings for the fourth and final time this season. That’s a shame for a Habs team trying to keep pace in the playoff race, because it’s been a one-sided matchup all season long.

The three previous contests were won by a combined score of 18-6, with the 8-1 decision on February 26 the largest margin so far. That night belonged to the line of Jonathan Drouin, Max Domi, and Andrew Shaw, recording 12 points among the three of them, and Shaw completing his first NHL hat trick to cap it all off.

A loss on Friday in a game the Canadiens should have won has made their path to a post-season slot more difficult that it needed to be. All they can do now is focus on winning their own games, and nothing less than a victory tonight can be acceptable.

No one will want to win it more than Carey Price, who not only has a chance to set the franchise wins record on home ice, but also erase the memory of an eight-goal outing in Anaheim. He and his teammates should be expected to look more like the Canadiens team we’ve seen for most of the season than the perplexed group we saw four nights ago.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Paul Byron Max Domi Andrew Shaw
Jonathan Drouin Jesperi Kotkaniemi Joel Armia
Artturi Lehkonen Nate Thompson Jordan Weal

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Jordie Benn Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak Christian Folin

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Detroit Red Wings projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tyler Bertuzzi Andreas Athanasiou Anthony Mantha
Thomas Vanek Frans Nielsen Filip Zadina
Justin Abdelkader Luke Glendening Darren Helm
Christoffer Ehn Jacob de la Rose Michael Rasmussen

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Danny DeKeyser Filip Hronek
Jonathan Eriksson Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall Madison Bowey

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Jonathan Bernier
Jimmy Howard