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Montreal heads back home, with last night’s opponent in tow.

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / NHL Live

A night after a come-from-behind victory in this year’s Hockeyville matchup, the Canadiens and Panthers have travelled back to Montreal to play at the Bell Centre.

Many of the players you’ll see tonight were the ones who didn’t dress on Wednesday, but Alex Belzile, who has been performing well in training camp so far, with a nice assist and netting the game-winner in Bathurst, gets called on for a second night in a row. He will be playing beside Lukas Vejdemo.

Josh Brook is still seeing persistent time with Brett Kulak, a top-four member of the Canadiens’ defence a season ago. Brook has a lot of work to do to make a larger impression than Cale Fleury has so far, but he is getting the opportunity to show his offensive skills with a capable partner on his left.

The net will belong to Carey Price tonight after he split duties with Cayden Primeau in the first pre-season tilt. It will likely be his last bit of action for a few days as the others get their chances to man the crease over the next week or so.

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

Florida Panthers lineup from September 18 (will be updated)

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