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

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Montreal goes for the sweep in what could be a physical battle.

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 Canada: CBC, CityTV (English), TVA Sports (French)
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

If you just saw the goal summary from the first game of the home-opening series, you may have believed that the Canadiens coasted to a comfortable 4-0 lead before surrendering two meaningless goals late. However, the actual story was a bit different, with Carey Price needing to make some big saves from a determined Flames team, and getting a bit of help from the metalwork behind him on a few occasions to keep the opponents off the board.

You would also have missed a feisty finish to the game that may set the tone for tonight. Seeing their position in the North Division plummeting, the Flames held a players-only meeting after the loss, and you know the consensus after all grievances were aired was that they needed to replicate the performance of the first period while bringing the same physical element of the final shifts.

It means tonight’s starter, Jake Allen, will have to be on his toes if he wants to run his record to a perfect 3-0 with his new team. He’s been up to the challenge so far, but a more composed showing from the players in front of him will give him the best odds of earning the victory. The Canadiens have displayed some exceptional special-teams play so far, and now the Flames are forcing them to get their even-strength game on the same level.

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
#34 Jake Allen #31 Carey Price

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 Andrew Mangiapane
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Josh Leivo
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
Jacob Markstrom David Rittich