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

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The two teams have identical records, but are heading in opposite directions.

Arizona Coyotes v Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens vs. Arizona Coyotes

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 Coyotes region: Fox Sports Arizona Plus
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live

Just as the Canadiens got some relief when Jonathan Drouin returned to the lineup after a lengthy absence, the Coyotes may be getting some key additions back tonight as well. Both regular starting goalie Darcy Kuemper and number-one defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson are game-time decisions.

Kuemper has been one of the best goalies in the league this season, making up for a lack of offence from his own team by limiting opponents to even less. Ekman-Larsson typically helps out at the opposite end, though it has been a down year for the captain, well under his typical 40-point pace. He’s just one of the players having a difficult season on offence; frustrating for a club that doesn’t need many to come on top on a given night.

The Canadiens are capable of getting offence from any of their four lines, but we saw once again on Saturday night what happens when they come up against a team committed to limiting their space. The Habs will need to break through the defences of a Coyotes squad playing a shutdown road game if they are to run their winning streak to four.

UPDATE: Kuemper is indeed not ready to return after a setback at morning skate in Montreal this morning. Antti Raanta is expected to get the start instead.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Ilya Kovalchuk Nick Suzuki Joel Armia
Jonathan Drouin Max Domi Artturi Lehkonen
Nick Cousins Nate Thompson Jake Evans

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Brett Kulak Jeff Petry
Ben Chiarot Victor Mete
Marco Scandella Xavier Ouellet

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Charlie Lindgren

Arizona Coyotes projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Taylor Hall Christian Dvorak Conor Garland
Lawson Crouse Derek Stepan Phil Kessel
Clayton Keller Nick Schmaltz Vinnie Hinostroza
Carl Soderberg Brad Richardson Christian Fischer

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Ilya Lyubushkin
Jakob Chychrun Alex Goligoski
Jordan Oesterle Niklas Hjalmarsson

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Raanta
Adin Hill