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

Two banged up teams meet in St. Louis.

Vancouver Canucks v St Louis Blues Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ St. Louis Blues

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: CityTV, Sportsnet East (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the Blues region: Bally Sports Midwest
Streaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

The situation isn’t quite so bad that the two teams playing tonight need to lace up their mascots, as pictured on our site’s storystream for today’s game, but Youppi! and Louie should be bringing their skates to the arena every night just in case.

Both the Montreal Canadiens and St. Louis Blues are heavily impacted by COVID and injuries decimating their rosters, with more regulars missing combined than you can count on two (human) hands. And they’re far from insignificant absences, with starting goalies, key defencemen, and top-six forwards out for both sides.

Montreal’s latest injury is to Jake Evans, though it sounds like a minor issue and he’s just day-to-day. There is actually a return this evening, as Joel Armia is back after missing the past week.

The Blues are at least still able to put together a respectable top-six formation consisting of the likes of Vladimir Tarasenko, Ryan O’Reilly, and Brandon Saad, but have had to scour their AHL depth to complete a fourth line for the game, bringing former Habs forward Matthew Peca into the fold for his first game of the year in the NHL. We’re also going to see Charlie Lindgren in goal for the home team, so we’ll see how well the Canadiens learned to break down his defences in all the practices they shared in his time in Montreal.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Artturi Lehkonen Nick Suzuki Mike Hoffman
Jonathan Drouin Ryan Poehling Joel Armia
Mathieu Perreault Laurent Dauphin Cole Caufield
Michael Pezzetta Cédric Paquette Jesse Ylönen

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ben Chiarot David Savard
Alexander Romanov Chris Wideman
Brett Kulak Kale Clague

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Jake Allen Samuel Montembeault

St. Louis Blues projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Brandon Saad Ryan O'Reilly Jordan Kyrou
Pavel Buchnevich Ivan Barbashev Vladimir Tarasenko
Nathan Walker Brayden Schenn Oskar Sundkvist
Dakota Joshua Logan Brown Matthew Peca

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Niko Mikkola Colton Parayko
Marco Scandella Torey Krug
Scott Perunovich Robert Bortuzzo

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Charlie Lindgren John Gillies