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Montreal Canadiens’ Red vs. White scrimmage: Start time, lineups, and how to watch

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This year’s scrimmage between members of the organization is the only pre-season the players get.

NHL: JAN 09 Canadiens Training Camp Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens scrimmage: Team Red vs. Team White

How to watch

Puck drop: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: RDS2
Live stream: RDS Direct, Canadiens.com

Normally the annual Red vs. White scrimmage is a way to ramp up the tempo for the players before they begin a long slate of pre-season games. That handful of contests versus other NHL formations lets the coaching staff evaluate some new or young players and slowly get everyone into game shape.

In this year, with the season shortened by the ongoing pandemic, tonight’s intra-squad game is the only preparation the team gets before points are on the line on Wednesday.

Already today, nine players were placed on waivers, some of whom will be placed on the taxi squad and travel with the team, and others who won’t be on that season-opening road trip and instead heading to AHL training camp. This will be their last opportunity to prove they should remain with the team, and there could be some heated battles as a result.

The matchup is very much the A team (red) — the one that seems very likely to begin the season together — and a B team (white) of the players in the replacement tier. Motivation will be high for those wearing white, and perhaps that was the plan when the teams were constructed in this manner rather than distributing lines and pairings more evenly between the two.

Team Red lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#90 Tomas Tatar #24 Phillip Danault #11 Brendan Gallagher
#92 Jonathan Drouin #14 Nick Suzuki #17 Josh Anderson
#73 Tyler Toffoli #15 Jesperi Kotkaniemi #40 Joel Armia
#41 Paul Byron #71 Jake Evans #62 Artturi Lehkonen

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#8 Ben Chiarot #6 Shea Weber
#44 Joel Edmundson #26 Jeff Petry
#77 Brett Kulak #27 Alexander Romanov

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#31 Carey Price #39 Charlie Lindgren

Team White lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#67 Michael Frolik #25 Ryan Poehling #94 Corey Perry
#45 Laurent Dauphin #42 Lukas Vejdemo #43 Jordan Weal
#38 Joël Teasdale #65 Kevin Lynch #60 Alex Belzile
#57 Jake Lucchini #47 Joseph Blandisi #81 Brandon Baddock

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#61 Xavier Ouellet #53 Victor Mete
#51 Gustav Olofsson #58 Noah Juulsen
#64 Otto Leskinen #20 Cale Fleury

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#34 Jake Allen #30 Cayden Primeau