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

After facing a team made of Marlies on Monday, Montreal takes on the main NHL group in Toronto.

Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ 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

It was expected that a team of players destined for the minor leagues would put up a fight on Monday night, but Montreal didn’t need to oblige them and play at their level. Actually, fans at the Bell Centre wish the home side had played to the ability of their opposition. Instead, they didn’t get to celebrate a single goal as the Leafs won 3-0.

Fortunately, it was just the pre-season, and if the players needed a jolt to get going, it’s much better to do that in a meaningless pre-season game than when two points are on the line. As disappointing as the effort was, that performance gets largely forgotten with a follow-up victory this evening.

The NHL players who didn’t make the trip to Montreal on Monday are playing tonight. Toronto will ice what will be very close to the alignment that kicks off the season on October 2. If Monday’s outing was a test of intensity, tonight’s will be a battle of skill.

Nick Suzuki is back at centre with Charles Hudon on his left, and gets a new linemate in Jonathan Drouin on his right as the coaching staff’s experimentation with the former Lightning player continues. Cale Fleury gets a chance to play with Brett Kulak this evening after the latter spent much of the pre-season working with Josh Brook. It’s a possible opening-night pairing, but there are still several decisions to make with the defence.

Keith Kinkaid gets his second start of the pre-season as Carey Price didn’t make the trip with what has been reported as a bruised hand. We’ll get a good indication of how the backup can perform for the team this season versus one of the top offensive alignments in the NHL.

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