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

Montreal hopes to give the Bell Centre fans another win to cheer about.

NHL: DEC 03 Islanders at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Islanders

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Islanders region: MSG+
Streaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, RDS Direct, TSN Direct

Coming off a good win on Tuesday night, the Canadiens are trying to start off their five-game homestand with back-to-back wins. They’ll be taking on a New York Islanders team trying to find its footing this season.

Montreal is taking precautions with Jonathan Drouin after he took a puck to the face. He’s not feeling any ill effects from the play, but the coaching staff wants to make sure it stays that way before they rush his back into action, so he will sit out tonight. Adam Brooks will be back in the lineup as the 12th forward.

On defence, Alexander Romanov is back in in place of Sami Niku, so it won’t be a long stint in the press box for the second-year blue-liner. Jake Allen should be expected to start in net, looking to keep a recent run of great form going.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tyler Toffoli Nick Suzuki Brendan Gallagher
Mike Hoffman Christian Dvorak Josh Anderson
Artturi Lehkonen Jake Evans Joel Armia
Michael Pezzetta Adam Brooks Alex Belzile

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ben Chiarot Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak David Savard
Alexander Romanov Chris Wideman

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Jake Allen Samuel Montembeault

New York Islanders projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Anders Lee Mat Barzal Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier Brock Nelson Kyle Palmer
Zach Parise Jean-Gabriel Pageau Oliver Wahlstrom
Matt Martin Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Adam Pelech Scott Mayfield
Zdeno Chara Ryan Pulock
Andy Greene Noah Dobson

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Ilya Sorokin Semyon Varlamov