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Canadiens @ Sharks: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

Is this the year the losing streak ends?

Montreal Canadiens v San Jose Sharks Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ San Jose Sharks

How to watch

Start time: 10:30 PM EDT / 7:30 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Sharks region: NBC Sports California
Streaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, RDS Direct, TSN Direct

We’ve seen this meeting already this season, and the previous one didn’t go so well for the Canadiens. As bad as their offence has been (and it’s been really bad), that was the only game they’ve actually been held off the scoreboard so far, a 5-0 loss in their second home game of 2021-22.

In that game, Jonathan Dahlen nearly had a natural hat trick in the opening period, just to remind everyone how one-sided the matchup still is after a year-and-a-half’s hiatus. Erik Karlsson made sure to net a goal to give the Sharks three in the opening frame anyway, and then assisted on one more in each of the remaining periods to boot.

Montreal will keep its lineup intact from Tuesday’s game in Seattle, but changes from that first meeting with San Jose have Mathieu Perreault taking a centre role, with a hat trick to his name since that shutout loss, and Sami Niku taking Chris Wideman’s place on the blue line. They’re not major shake-ups by any means and won’t change the Habs’ fate on their own. What the team really needs is the biggest names on the roster to step up to at least make tonight’s game a competitive one.

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 #13 Cédric Paquette #40 Joel Armia

Defencemen

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

Goaltenders

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

San Jose Sharks projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jonathan Dahlen Logan Couture Timo Meier
William Eklund Tomas Hertl Rudolfs Balcers
Andrew Cogliano Nick Bonino Kevin Labanc
Lane Pederson Jasper Weatherby Jonah Gadjovich

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Mario Ferraro Brent Burns
Jacob Middleton Erik Karlsson
Radim Simek Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Adin Hill James Reimer