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

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The Habs get another shot at the division’s bottom team.

Montreal Canadiens v Ottawa Senators Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ Ottawa Senators

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Senators region: TSN5 (English), RDS (French)
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live, RDS Direct, TSN Direct

We need to give the Ottawa Senators some credit for the way the team has approached the season. No one expected them to do much damage in the North Division, and, sitting in last place, they certainly haven’t found much success, but that isn’t deterring them from trying to win every game they play. The club uses a solid defensive system to at least limit what other teams can do, it just can’t outscore more skill-laden opponents when it does so.

Montreal’s issue has been playing a game that fits that system well. The Canadiens have been trying to brute-force their way through the matchup, with quick plays to move the puck past forecheckers and shots from anywhere in the attacking end to test some shaky goaltending. Really, all this is doing is scrubbing away all of the talent difference the Habs hold in the matchup, with no confident breakouts or creative passing plays, and the games have been virtually even so far.

We will see if the team has learned any lessons since Sunday’s overtime loss, and whether the alterations were to how determined to pound shots on goal or taking a new approach that better suits the skilled players available. If you’re hoping to watch an entertaining night of hockey, you’ll certainly be cheering for the latter.

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
Paul Byron Jake Evans Corey Perry

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
Carey Price Jake Allen

Scratched: Artturi Lehkonen, Victor Mete

Ottawa Senators projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Brady Tkachuk Josh Norris Connor Brown
Nick Paul Colin White Evgenii Dadonov
Tim Stützle Derek Stepan Drake Batherson
Micheal Haley Chris Tierney Austin Watson

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Thomas Chabot Nikita Zaitsev
Mikey Reilly Artem Zub
Erik Brannstrom Erik Gudbranson

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Matt Murray Joey Daccord