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After five goals in Game 2 and four posts in Game 3, what will the offence look like in Game 4?

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Eastern Conference Quarter-finals: Game 4

Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers

How to watch

Start time: 3:00 PM EDT / 12:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the US: NBCSN
Streaming: Sportsnet Now

On the anniversary of Carey Price’s birth, the Montreal Canadiens played “Happy Birthday” on the pipes behind Carter Hart. If you asked the Habs’ goaltender, he certainly would have preferred a goal of support instead. He saw a puck go in the net off the thigh of Jakub Voracek in the opening minutes of the game, and not even stopping every actual shot he faced the rest of the way was enough to get a win.

To the Philadelphia Flyers’ credit, they did another good job of getting a stick on what seemed like every single pass the Canadiens attempted, just as they had in Game 1. Montreal’s only chances came when players just launched the puck at the net on individual rushes, and they were unable to hit the inside dimensions of the four-by-six cage Hart was tasked with defending.

The Canadiens were incapable of forcing their way to the net, as they had to great effect in Game 2, and that has to be the game plan Kirk Muller reminded his players of after their first time getting shut out this post-season. A concerted effort to break through the neutral zone will be required today to get some offensive success, force the Flyers to think less about simply locking things down, and get the series back on even terms.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen Jesperi Kotkaniemi Paul Byron
Jonathan Drouin Nick Suzuki Max Domi
Alex Belzile Jake Evans Joel Armia

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Brett Kulak Jeff Petry
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Xavier Ouellet Victor Mete

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Carey Price Charlie Lindgren

Scratches: Cale Fleury, Christian Folin, Charles Hudon, Noah Juulsen, Michael McNiven, Gustav Olofsson, Ryan Poehling, Cayden Primeau, Dale Weise

Philadelphia Flyers projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Michael Raffl Sean Couturier Jakub Voracek
Joel Farabee Kevin Hayes Travis Konecny
Claude Giroux Derek Grant Scott Laughton
Connor Bunnaman Nate Thompson Tyler Pitlick

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ivan Provorov Matt Niskanen
Philippe Myers Travis Sanheim
Robert Hägg Justin Braun

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Carter Hart Brian Elliott