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

As they did a year ago, Montreal kicks off the pre-season versus New Jersey.

New Jersey Devils v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. New Jersey Devils

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)
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / NHL Live

It’s been a while, but tonight we finally get to see some competitive hockey between two NHL teams.

That may be a bit of a generous decription of the split squad the New Jersey Devils have sent to Montreal. Outside of the top line and defence pairing, that lineup is mostly made up of prospects looking to make impressions. With Montreal heading on the road on Wednesday, their alignment features plenty of NHL players, including Max Domi, Shea Weber, and Carey Price.

Those three are in no danger of losing spots, so the main focus will be on tonight’s second line, a persistent formation of Charles Hudon and Jordan Weal being centred by Nick Suzuki. The line looked very good in the intrasquad game on Sunday, and it could be hard to go with another combination once the regular season arrives if they can keep it up.

Josh Brook has also had a steady partnership with Brett Kulak. With Jeff Petry and Ben Chiarot getting the night off, there’s room for both Brook and Cale Fleury (who will play opposite Xavier Ouellet) to show what they can do in a more professional environment.

From the middle of the second on, we’ll also see Cayden Primeau between the pipes in his first competitive work in the professional ranks. It will be interesting to see if he can replicate the same level of performance we saw in his NCAA career.

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

New Jersey Devils 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