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

The undefeated Canadiens welcome a Leafs team still trying to find its defensive game.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

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 Leafs region: TSN4, TSN Direct
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / NHL Live

The Canadiens have been in some tight contests so far in the pre-season, and the first period versus the Ottawa Senators on Saturday fit that description, but they’ve always found a way — usually through their young prospects — to come away with the win so far.

Tonight’s game shouldn’t be nearly so close as the Maple Leafs bring a roster barely reaching the minimum veteran limit. The players will still be doing their best trying to earn spots throughout the organization.

There will be some Habs players matching the intensity of a few Leafs buoyed by the competition on the other side. Montreal will once again have Alex Belzile and Jake Evans at forward, while both Cale Fleury and Josh Brook will be patrolling the right side.

There are plenty of players in the Canadiens lineup who will start the year in the NHL, and they should be expected to come away with the lopsided score the Toronto squad chosen for the trip to the Bell Centre deserves.

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

Toronto Maple Leafs 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