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

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The Canadiens don’t have to face Alex Ovechkin tonight, but it will still be a strong club they welcome to town.

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Washington Capitals

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Capitals region: NBC Sports Washington
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live

After nine days of rest, the Canadiens get back on the Bell Centre ice tonight versus one of the NHL’s top teams. Alex Ovechkin has excused himself from the game, serving a one-game suspension for skipping the All-Star festivities. That helps to even the playing field somewhat, with both sides leaving top-line wingers on the sidelines.

Brendan Gallagher and Jonathan Drouin are back at practice, with returns to action imminent, but they will miss tonight’s game.

The Canadiens had been doing decently well without some top players before heading off to mid-season vacations during the bye week. They won for the fourth time in five games by beating the Vegas Golden Knights on January 18. It may be a bit rough to start with so much time off, but they’ll be looking to add to that run of good form with a win on home ice.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

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

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Brett Kulak Jeff Petry
Victor Mete Cale Fleury

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Charlie Lindgren

Injured: Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin, Brendan Gallagher, Marco Scandella
Scratched: Jordan Weal

Washington Capitals projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Richard Panik Nicklas Backstrom Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana Evgeny Kuznetsov T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin Lars Eller Travis Boyd
Brendan Leipsic Nic Dowd Garnet Hathaway

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Michal Kempny John Carlson
Dmitri Orlov Nick Jensen
Jonas Siegenthaler Radko Gudas

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Braden Holtby
Ilya Samsonov