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

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The Panthers are in town for the final time this season.

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers

How to watch

Start time: 7:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Panthers region: Fox Sports - Florida
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / Rogers NHL Live

There’s a massive clash coming up in a few days’ time between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens that could have a large say in which team makes the post-season. You can expect a playoff atmosphere at Nationwide Arena for that pivotal matchup.

But before either team gets to that point, they first have to get through an intradivisional contest this evening. The Blue Jeckets welcome the New York Islanders to town, while Montreal has returned home to battle the Florida Panthers for the fourth and final time this year.

The Canadiens handled the Panthers in the first two games, but fell to Aleksander Barkov and co. on February 17 — coincidentally, also two nights before a meeting with Columbus. It was a fourth consecutive loss for Montreal after difficult games against Toronto, Nashville, and Tampa Bay, but fortunately the Habs were able to correct course for what was, in hindsight, one of the more important wins of the year.

To go into what may turn out to be a playoff play-in game on Thursday night with their wild-card position intact, the Canadiens will need to take care of the challenge directly in front of them, and that means limiting the chances for the talented young squad of forwards Florida will deploy.

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 Andrew Shaw
Jonathan Drouin Jesperi Kotkaniemi Joel Armia
Paul Byron Nate Thompson Jordan Weal

Defencemen

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

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Florida Panthers projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jonathan Huberdeau Aleksander Barkov Evgenii Dadonov
Mike Hoffman Vincent Trocheck Jaye Hawryluk
Frank Vatrano Riley Sheahan Denis Malgin
Jamie McGinn Henrik Borgstrom Troy Brouwer

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Keith Yandle Aaron Ekblad
Michael Matheson Josh Brown
Ian McCoshen MacKenzie Weegar

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Roberto Luongo
Samuel Montembeault