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

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The Canadiens and Blue Jaclets are gearing up for the biggest game of the NHL season so far.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens @ Columbus Blue Jackets

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the USA: NHL Network
In the Blue Jackets region: Fox Sports - Ohio
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / Rogers NHL Live

The Canadiens are clinging to the final post-season position in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets. That battle will play out on the ice in Columbus this evening, in a contest with major playoff implications.

A regulation win for Montreal moves them four points clear of Columbus, with just 10 points left available to the Metropolitan Division club to make them up. A regulation loss gives both teams 90 points on the campaign, though the Blue Jackets would still have an extra game to play as well as more non-shootout wins, and therefore move them ahead. Considering the quality of competition Montreal faces in its final four contests, it would be difficult — but not impossible — to pull ahead of Columbus again.

Montreal has come away victorious in the previous two meetings of the season. with a 4-1 win in January and a 3-2 edge in February. Earning the season sweep will be the goal tonight as both sides throw everything they have into the most meaningful game either has played in 2018-19.

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
Nicolas Deslauriers 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

Columbus Blue Jackets projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Ryan Dzingel Matt Duchene Josh Anderson
Boone Jenner Alexander Wennberg Oliver Bjorkstrand
Brandon Dubinsky Riley Nash Nick Foligno

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Markus Nuutivaara David Savard
Dean Kukan Adam McQuaid

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo