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Canadiens @ Maple Leafs Round 1 Game 5: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

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Montreal needs to find a way to score some goals if the team is to stave off elimination.

NHL: APR 28 Maple Leafs at Canadiens Photo by Vincent Ethier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

2021 North Division Semifinals Game 5

Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs

TOR leads 3-1

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: NBCSN
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

Desperate for more offence, Dominique Ducharme has turned to Erik Gustafsson, who will take the place of Brett Kulak on the blue line. Gustafsson will probably head a power-play unit when the Canadiens get an opportunity on the man advantage, aiming to generate some shots the team has been sorely lacking.

The storied franchise is scoring goals at a 1920s clip, which isn’t going to cut it versus a Leafs team playing a modern brand of hockey. Not even a performance for the ages from Carey Price to turn aside some impossible shots in Game 4 would have been enough to earn a win for a team that failed to mark a single goal.

Opening things up offensively might be playing with fire against a club that has been flaunting its four-line depth, but if the Canadiens are going to exit the post-season picture tonight, they may as well at least go down swinging.

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
Erik Gustafsson 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, Brett Kulak, 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
Rasmus Sandin Zach Bogosian

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Jack Campbell Frederik Andersen