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

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet E/O/P/1, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the US: NHL Network
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live

After several months of recovery, Jonathan Drouin will be returning to the Canadiens lineup soon, possibly even tonight as the winger is a game-time decision. The Habs have already made room for him by assigning Ryan Poehling to the AHL.

His return would certainly help the Habs go with a more power-on-power approach versus the visiting Maple Leafs. Both sides have had defensive issues even with a healthy blue line, and neither side boasts one of those tonight. If it turns into a goal fest as these games have tended to do in recent seasons, Drouin would help even the odds.

It should be an entertaining game between the two, but also a critical one in the Atlantic Division standings. Another high-scoring game last night allowed the Maple Leafs head to Montreal with a win, and they are now six points clear of the Canadiens in third place in that race. The Canadiens can’t allow that gap to reach eight on home ice.

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

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Andreas Johnsson Auston Matthews Mitch Marner
Zach Hyman John Tavares Alex Kerfoot
Kyle Clifford Jason Spezza Kasperi Kapanen
Pierre Engvall Frederik Gauthier Dmytro Timashov

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Travis Dermott Tyson Barrie
Jake Muzzin Justin Holl
Rasmus Sandin Timothy Liljegren

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Jack Campbell
Michael Hutchinson