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Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs Round 1 Game 6: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

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The Canadiens face elimination once more, but this time they’ve brought some friends.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens - Game Three Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

2021 North Division Semifinals Game 6

Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

TOR leads 3-2

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: Live, Sportsnet Now

For the first time all season — the first time since March 10, 2020 — the sounds of fans will be heard at the Bell Centre. The stands may only be filled to about 10% capacity, but those who are there have 14 months’ worth of cheering to make up for as they try to push the team to another big win and send the series to a seventh game.

The Canadiens are dealing with another injury, this time to Jon Merrill who will need one to two weeks of recovery. In his place comes Brett Kulak, who was scratched for Erik Gustafsson in Game 5, and now has him as a partner on the third pair. Jake Evans may be a game-time decision tonight, but who he would replace after the Canadiens finally got their offence in gear in the previous game is the question.

On Toronto’s side, Nick Foligno is likely back in the lineup, though that is also a decision to make after warmups. The call has already been made to sit Rasmus Sandin, who played a role in Montreal’s first and third goals on Thursday, and will continue the alternation with Travis Dermott.

We should expect the same kind of forechecking strategies Montreal used so effectively in Game 5. They matched their production from the entire series to that point by putting pressure on the Leafs’ defence, and that is clearly the key to success. Every player will be fired up to keep their season going, and the crowd will only amplify the intensity in a must-win game.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


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


Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Joel Edmundson Jeff Petry
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Brett Kulak Erik Gustafsson


Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Carey Price Jake Allen


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


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

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup


Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Zach Hyman Auston Matthews Mitch Marner
Alex Galchenyuk Nick Foligno William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev Alexander Kerfoot Wayne Simmonds
Joe Thornton Pierre Engvall Jason Spezza


Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Morgan Rielly T.J. Brodie
Jake Muzzin Justin Holl
Travis Dermott Zach Bogosian


Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Jack Campbell Frederik Andersen