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

Two teams heading in opposite directions meet at the Bell Centre to wrap up Montreal’s homestand.

Detroit Red Wings v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CityTV (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the Red Wings region: Bally Sports Detroit
Streaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

The Detroit Red Wings have been playing well to start the 2021-22 season, with five points through four games. They can thank the play of Tyler Bertuzzi for a large portion of that start, but they won’t have him in the lineup tonight because he refuses to get vaccinated, and therefore is unable to enter Canada.

That should be to Montreal’s benefit, but as long as their offence is limited to one goal or fewer per games, it won’t matter how many star players are barred from dressing for their opponents. Detroit has shown plenty of scoring depth throughout the lines and defence pairings, and won’t be completely neutered by their top scorer being absent.

The same should be true for Montreal given the offensive talent the team possesses, but so far they’ve been unable — and unwilling — to put it to effective use. At some point the players need to make the commitment to play a more determined game, and maybe now that they have an old nemesis in the Bell Centre looking to extend their 0-5 start they’ll decide to time to kick things into gear is tonight.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#92 Jonathan Drouin #28 Christian Dvorak #17 Josh Anderson
#68 Mike Hoffman #14 Nick Suzuki #11 Brendan Gallagher
#73 Tyler Toffoli #85 Mathieu Perreault #22 Cole Caufield
#62 Artturi Lehkonen #71 Jake Evans #40 Joel Armia

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#8 Ben Chiarot #26 Jeff Petry
#15 Sami Niku #77 Brett Kulak
#27 Alexander Romanov #58 David Savard

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#34 Jake Allen #35 Samuel Montembeault

Detroit Red Wings projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Robby Fabbri Dylan Larkin Lucas Raymond
Adam Erne Pius Suter Filip Zadina
Vladislav Namestnikov Michael Rasmussen Sam Gagner
Givani Smith Mitchell Stephens Carter Rowney

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Danny DeKeyser Gustav Lindstrom
Nick Leddy Moritz Seider
Marc Staal Troy Stetcher

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Thomas Greiss Alex Nedeljkovic