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The Canadiens try to move closer to the top spot in the division.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet, CityTV (English), TVA Sports (French)
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

It’s been a week since the Canadiens last played a game, getting a full week off in what has been among the lightest non-COVID-delayed schedules to start the year. Things get much more hectic starting with the Saturday night rematch versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, seeing few two-day breaks between now and the end of the season.

For Tomas Tatar, the break has been even longer. He sat out last Saturday’s 2-1 win as a healthy scratch, so hasn’t played in nine days. After first seeing what had been a permanent spot on one of the NHL’s most effective lines in recent years taken by newcomer Tyler Toffoli, he was pulled out of the lineup altogether, and now has a lot to prove as he makes his way back in.

When we last saw the Habs, they were struggling with their puck-management and offensive creativity over a stretch of several games. However, the reason they went into the break on a winning note was because they started to turn things back in the right direction, and had full control of the flow of play starting late in the second period versus Toronto. Some important work from the likes of Victor Mete, Ben Chiarot, and Jeff Petry provided some puck movement the club had been desperately lacking during the team’s slump. With the same group of blue-liners back in action tonight, that kind of play will be the key to starting off this marathon finish to the season on the right foot.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jonathan Drouin Nick Suzuki Josh Anderson
Tyler Toffoli Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
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
Victor Mete Alexander Romanov

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Carey Price Jake Allen

Scratched: Brett Kulak

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Joe Thornton Auston Matthews Mitch Marner
Zach Hyman John Tavares William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev Alex Kerfoot Pierre Engvall
Jimmy Vesey Travis Boyd Jason Spezza

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Morgan Rielly T.J. Brodie
Jake Muzzin Justin Holl
Travis Dermott Zach Bogosian

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Frederik Andersen Michael Hutchinson