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

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Montreal tries to slow down the Leafs’ offence and grab another win.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

How to watch

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

Now that the Canadiens have some confidence in their offensive game after two come-from-behind victories, they should be feeling better about their chances when they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Bell Centre tonight than they did following a slog of a series versus the Calgary Flames. The Habs managed just one goal last Wednesday, and that’s never enough to outscore a team like Toronto.

Having a player like Cole Caufield in the lineup must have helped the team find more offensive opportunities. He’s constantly looking for ways to score goals, whether working off the boards or firing the puck on target from the goal line, and that had to inspire teammates who had begun to lose the plot offensively with a neverending cycle game. The Habs have been a lot more dangerous versus their last two opponents, and can carry that over to tonight’s game.

Getting a boost from the defence is key to move the puck past the Leafs’ aggressive defending in the neutral zone, and that’s something we have seen more of recently. The challenge is for Montreal to try to get more pucks into the slot than their opponent can, and hope that they’re able to record more goals than the high-powered opposition will inevitably put on the board.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

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

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Joel Edmundson Jeff Petry
Ben Chiarot Alexander Romanov
Brett Kulak Jon Merrill

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Jake Allen Cayden Primeau

Scratched: Erik Gustafsson
Injured/Ill: Paul Byron (lower body), Jonathan Drouin (leave of absence), Brendan Gallagher (broken thumb), Carey Price (concussion), Tomas Tatar (lower body)

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Nick Foligno Auston Matthews Mitch Marner
Alex Galchenyuk John Tavares William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev Alexander Kerfoot Wayne Simmonds
Joe Thornton Adam Brooks Jason Spezza

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Morgan Rielly T.J. Brodie
Jake Muzzin Timothy Liljegren
Rasmus Sandin Travis Dermott

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Jack Campbell David Rittich