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

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The Habs put their season-opening six-game point streak on the line in the first game at the Bell Centre.

Calgary Flames v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN 2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Flames region: Sportsnet West
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live, RDS Direct, Sportsnet Now, TSN Direct

The Canadiens are no strangers to starting a season on the road, an in-demand team that all other clubs like to measure themselves up against at the start of a new campaign. This year, with its multi-game series and division of Canadian teams, came with a road trip that ties for the longest of the entire 2020-21 season.

If Montreal had any complaints about the scheduling, they are long forgotten after a 4-0-2 start, with the team yet to lose a game in regulation, and knowing precisely what the issue was — too many penalties — in those two extra-time defeats. They’ve been scoring at will so far, avergaing nearly five goals per contest, and nearly every player has proclaimed he has more to give on both offence and defence.

Tonight the Habs will face a similar squad to their own. Calgary is also built more for top-down depth than top-heavy skill compared to other star-laden clubs in the division, and could offer the sternest test for Montreal this year. Unfortunately for the Flames, the NHL calibre drops away before all the roster spots are filled, and there are some holes that can be exploited that aren’t found on Montreal’s roster.

Now that Claude Julien has home-ice advantage, he can target those flaws, but with the way his skaters have all been performing so far, such tactics may not be necessary to get the better of even a strong opponent.

Montreal Canadiens projected 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 #94 Corey Perry
#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 #34 Jake Allen

Injured: Joel Armia (concussion)
Scratched: Victor Mete

Calgary Flames projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Matthew Tkachuk Elias Lindholm Dominik Simon
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Josh Leivo
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Andrew Mangiapane
Milan Lucic Derek Ryan Joakim Nordstrom

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano Rasmus Andersson
Noah Hanifin Chris Tanev
Juuso Valimaki Nikita Nesterov

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Dave Rittich Jacob Markstrom