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Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs Round 1 Game 4: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

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Can the Canadiens put together a full 60 minutes for the first time in the series?

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

2021 North Division Semifinals Game 3

Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs

TOR leads 2-1

How to watch

Start time: 7:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: NBCSN
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

As we get close to puck drop for the fourth game of the series, there are hints of lineup changes from the head coach. We may see an injection of mobility on the blue line with the introduction of Alexander Romanov as the Habs try to keep pace with the Leafs’ cycling attack.

At forward, Jake Evans, and Eric Staal are close to being healthy enough to return, and Artturi Lehkonen may not have to miss any time with the injury that ruled him out last night. One or two could be back in. Surely they won’t come back in at the expense of Cole Caufield or Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who have played well since getting the call partway through the series. That would mean some veterans (some of whom are clearly not at 100%) could be watching from the Bell Centre press box.

One player who won’t be joining them is Carey Price, who held the Leafs to about a third of the goals they may have scored against a lesser netminder in Game 3. He’s sure to do his part to hold the Leafs at bay, but he needs a lot of help from a forward group that has been largely quiet through three games.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Tyler Toffoli Nick Suzuki Cole Caufield
Paul Byron Jesperi Kotkaniemi Josh Anderson
Joel Armia Eric Staal Corey Perry

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Joel Edmundson Jeff Petry
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Brett Kulak Jon Merrill

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Carey Price Jake Allen

Scratches

F: Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Michael Frolik, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylönen
D: Cale Fleury, Erik Gustafsson, Otto Leskinen, Xavier Ouellet, Alexander Romanov
G: Charlie Lindgren, Michael McNiven, Cayden Primeau

Injured/Ill

F: Jonathan Drouin (leave of absence), Jake Evans, Artturi Lehkonen

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Zach Hyman Auston Matthews Mitch Marner
Alex Galchenyuk Alexander Kerfoot William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev Pierre Engvall Wayne Simmonds
Joe Thornton Adam Brooks 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
Jack Campbell Frederik Andersen