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

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Are the Canucks just what Montreal needs to get into gear?

Vancouver Canucks v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. Vancouver Canucks

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Canucks region: Sportsnet Pacific
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live, RDS Direct, Sportsnet Now, TSN Direct

There’s no hotter team in the North Division than the Vancouver Canucks. The team is 7-3-0 in its last 10 games, and has, somewhat surprisingly, leapfrogged the Calgary Flames for fifth spot.

Despite their recent success, they’re still 10 percentage points behind Montreal in terms of available points earned on the season, their four additional games played making them look like a larger threat that their position suggests.

Montreal is the team least likely to fall for the illusion, seeing what’s behind the smoke and mirrors seven times already this season. No one has been as unimpressed by the show as Tyler Toffoli, who has picked apart every trick so far. Instead he’ll aim to once again be the one in charge of the entertainment, expecting to add to his team-leading goal tally and continue Montreal’s dominance in this temporary rivalry.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

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

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Brett Kulak Jeff Petry
Joel Edmundson Shea Weber
Alexander Romanov Xavier Ouellet

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Jake Allen Carey Price

Injured: Ben Chiarot (broken hand)
Scratched: Artturi Lehkonen, Victor Mete

Vancouver Canucks projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Nils Hoglander Bo Horvat Brock Boeser
Jimmy Vesey J.T. Miller Jake Virtanen
Tyler Motte Brandon Sutter Jayce Hawryluk
Antoine Roussel Adam Gaudette Zack MacEwen

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Alexander Edler Nate Schmidt
Quinn Hughes Travis Hamonic
Jordie Benn Tyler Myers

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Thatcher Demko Braden Holtby