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

The Habs wouldn’t mind a game versus the Capitals with a bit less excitement tonight.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens @ Washington Capitals

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: NBCSN
In the Capitals region: NBCS Washington
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / Rogers NHL Live

The Montreal Canadiens travel to Capital One Arena for the first time this season. There they’ll play under the 2018 Stanley Cup Championship banner hanging in the rafters, against the team with designs on making it a repeat performance.

Though the Washington Capitals are on the verge of securing the top spot in their division yet again, the ninth-place Canadiens have enjoyed better results in the season series, with three points to the Capitals’ two. No Habs player is capable of the goal-scoring prowess of Alex Ovechkin, but a full-team offensive approach had them at least tied after 60 minutes in each of the first two games.

A single point isn’t what the Canadiens are looking to achieve tonight. The Metro-leading Capitals are just the latest obstacle in their path as they try to earn a post-season spot. Needing to go 4-0 to finish the year, the Habs are halfway there, and a win tonight makes that task look more plausible than it did when it first began.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
62 Artturi Lehkonen 24 Phillip Danault 11 Brendan Gallagher
21 Nick Cousins 15 Jesperi Kotkaniemi 43 Jordan Weal
54 Charles Hudon 14 Nick Suzuki 92 Jonathan Drouin
36 Phil Varone 63 Matthew Peca 22 Dale Weise

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
53 Victor Mete 6 Shea Weber
27 Karl Alzner 28 Mikey Reilly
61 Xavier Ouellet 32 Christian Folin

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
37 Keith Kinkaid
39 Charlie Lindgren

Washington Capitals projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Andreas Johnsson Auston Matthews William Nylander
Kasperi Kapanen John Tavares Mitch Marner
Ilya Mikheyev Alexander Kerfoot Trevor Moore
Dmytro Timashov Frederik Gauthier Jason Spezza

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Morgan Rielly Cody Ceci
Jake Muzzin Tyson Barrie
Rasmus Sandin Martin Marincin

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Frederik Andersen
Joseph Woll