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

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Can Ilya Kovalchuk be the difference-maker in his Habs debut?

Winnipeg Jets v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. Winnipeg Jets

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 Jets region: TSN3
In the US: NHL Network
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live

Over the last few games it’s been quite evident just how important Brendan Gallagher is to the Canadiens. The main line with Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault wasn’t able to make the same type of impact with Nick Cousins as the replacement, and Max Domi’s line was standing out as the best trio Montreal had.

To fix the problem, and address the absences of several top-six wingers, Marc Bergevin signed Ilya Kovalchuk to an NHL-minimum deal hoping to get at least a short burst of offence from the former superstar as the regular forwards continue to recuperate. Kovalchuk will be on the top line tonight, and the beleaguered Winnipeg Jets defence is a good way to ease him back into action for the first time in about two months.

His addition knocks Lukas Vejdemo from the lineup tonight, as Cousins drops to the third line and Dale Weise plays with Nate Thompson and Jordan Weal. We’ll see how effective all four lines can be after the switches made since Saturday night.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

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
Victor Mete Jeff Petry
Marco Scandella Cale Fleury

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Charlie Lindgren

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

Winnipeg Jets projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Kyle Connor Mark Scheifele Patrik Laine
Nikolaj Ehlers Blake Wheeler Jack Roslovic
Andrew Copp Adam Lowry Mathieu Perreault
Gabriel Bourque Nick Shore Mason Appleton

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Josh Morrissey Tucker Poolman
Luca Sbisa Neal Pionk
Sami Niku Anthony Bitetto

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Connor Hellebuyck
Laurent Brossoit