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Two teams look to push winning streaks to three in Montreal.

NHL: MAR 16 Blackhawks at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks

How to watch

Start time: 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST
In Canada: Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now
In the Canadiens region: RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Blackhawks region: NBCSCH
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live

Tonight will see a clash between two teams who seem to match up quite well. They have similar stats and similar results through 47 games of the season. Perhaps surprisingly, it’s Montreal that comes ahead in the goals scored department given the elite talent the ‘Hakws are known for, but that points to the depth the Canadiens enjoyed at the beginning of the year that has kept their average up over three goals per game into the second half of the year with some major pieces missing.

Chicago still has plenty of firepower to guard against, and one of their players, Dominik Kubalik, is beginning to get quite comfortable midway through his first NHL season. The 24-year-old winger has scored in five straight games, and netted a pair of goals in each of his previous two outings as he discovers some chemisty on a line with Patrick Kane. The American has had to play more of a playmaking role for his linemate to achieve that, but as he continues to creep up to the 1000-point milestone in his career, he surely won’t mind how the goals are being scored.

Montreal will once again be relying on their own European shooter to help them trade blows with the opposition. Ilya Kovalchuk will be more than happy to test an injury-plagued Blackhawks defence and pepper Corey Crawford with shots as he has in a few of his games so far.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

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Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Ilya Kovalchuk
Artturi Lehkonen Max Domi Nick Suzuki
Ryan Poehling Jesperi Kotkaniemi Nick Cousins
Jordan Weal Nate Thompson Dale Weise

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Marco Scandella Jeff Petry
Victor Mete Cale Fleury

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Charlie Lindgren
Carey Price

Injured: Joel Armia, Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin, Brendan Gallagher
Scratched: Brett Kulak, Matthew Peca

Chicago Blackhawks projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Dominik Kubalik Jonathan Toews Drake Caggiula
Alexander Nylander Ryan Carpenter Patrick Kane
Alex DeBrincat David Kampf Kirby Dach
Dylan Sikura Zack Smith Matthew Highmore

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Duncan Keith Adam Boqvist
Erik Gustafsson Connor Murphy
Olli Maatta Slater Koekkoek

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Corey Crawford
Robin Lehner