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The game is delayed an hour as the Oilers await the results of emergency COVID tests.

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens vs. Edmonton Oilers

How to watch

Start time: **8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST**
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Oilers region: Sportsnet West (French)
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live, RDS Direct, Sportsnet Now, TSN Direct

Well, after going somewhat smoothly for about a month from opening nght, COVID-19 has hit the North Division after wreaking havoc on the NHL teams in the U.S. The first team impacted in-season is the Edmonton Oilers, Montreal’s scheduled opponent for the this evening, with Jesse Puljujarvi the player who has been placed on the COVID list.

As you read this, the Oilers are waiting for expedited test results for all other players before they can be cleared to play, and as a result the start time has been pushed back an hour, to 8:00 PM Eastern. The hope is for the results — negative results — to be in in enough time for everyone to go through their regular warm-up.

It has to be noted that this rapid-testing plan hasn’t exactly had the desired effect in the league. In nearly every case of a first positive result, it heralds a breakout of multiple players without being contained to the initial test. It would probably be in the best interest of all parties on both teams to postpone the game rather than for the league to cross its fingers and hope for good news. Tomorrow is an off-day for both clubs, so a simple reschedule seems like the most prudent solution, but for now the plan seems to be to get this game played tonight if circumstances allow.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tyler Toffoli Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin Nick Suzuki Josh Anderson
Tomas Tatar Jesperi Kotkaniemi Joel Armia
Artturi Lehkonen Jake Evans Paul Byron

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak Alexander Romanov

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Jake Allen Carey Price

Scratched: Victor Mete

Edmonton Oilers projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Connor McDavid James Neal
Dominik Kahun Leon Draisaitl Kailer Yamamoto
Devin Shore Kyle Turris Alex Chiasson
Tyler Ennis Jujhar Khaira Josh Archibald

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Darnell Nurse Tyson Barrie
William Lagesson Adam Larsson
Slater Koekkoek Evan Bouchard

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Mike Smith Dylan Wells