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Montreal has one last chance to gain some space on Calgary.

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Montreal Canadiens @ Calgary Flames

How to watch

Start time: **6:30 PM EDT / 3:30 PM PDT**
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Flames region: Sportsnet West
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live, RDS Direct, Sportsnet Now, TSN Direct

The Montreal Canadiens find themselves in what can very well be characterized as a must-win game as they close their season series — and road trip — against the Calgary Flames. After losing the first two games in regulation, the Flames are only four points back of the Canadiens.

Every game in the current format is technically a four-point game, but this game in particular may be the most important game of the Canadiens season to date.

Their destiny is still in their hands, but that does mean they will have to perform better than they have been.

The big news is that Cole Caufield is going to play his first NHL game. There are a lot of moving parts to go along with that, and interim head coach Dominique Ducharme did not say exactly what changes would be made. There are injury and illness concerns as well as salary cap concerns to take into consideration.

Jake Allen is expected to be back in goal after Cayden Primeau started on Saturday night. Up front, there is some uncertainty surrounding the availability of Jonathan Drouin, Paul Byron, and Tomas Tatar. Byron and Tatar did skate in the morning, as did Caufield. The team did not have an official morning skate.

Alexander Romanov appears to have been sent to the taxi squad to allow the team to play 12 forwards assuming one of Tatar, Byron, or Drouin is able to play.

For the Flames, Noah Hanifin is out for the remainder of the season after leaving Saturday’s game with an injury.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Cole Caufield
Tyler Toffoli Nick Suzuki Joel Armia
Corey Perry Jesperi Kotkaniemi Josh Anderson
Artturi Lehkonen Eric Staal Jake Evans

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Joel Edmundson Jeff Petry
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Erik Gustafsson Jon Merrill

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Jake Allen Cayden Primeau

Scratched: Brett Kulak
Injured/Ill: Paul Byron (lower body), Jonathan Drouin (illness), Brendan Gallagher (broken thumb), Carey Price (concussion)

Calgary Flames projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Andrew Mangiapane
Matthew Tkachuk Elias Lindholm Dillon Dube
Milan Lucic Mikael Backlund Brett Ritchie
Joakim Nordstrom Derek Ryan Buddy Robinson

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano Chris Tanev
Nikita Nesterov Rasmus Andersson
Juuso Valimaki Michael Stone

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Jacob Markstrom Louis Domingue