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Canadiens @ Golden Knights Round 3 Game 1: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

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Which team gets the upper hand in the series in Game 1?

Montreal Canadiens v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

2021 Stanley Cup Semifinals Game 1

Montreal Canadiens @ Vegas Golden Knights

How to watch

Start time: 9:00 PM EDT / 6:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: NBCSN
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

For the first time since March of 2020, the Canadiens hve ventured across the border to play a game. Their last such trip was supposed to be to play the San Jose Sharks, with a decision that seemed unimaginable at the time: playing in front of no fans as the pandemic’s first wave hit North American shores. Now, 15 months later, the coronavirus saga is steadily coming to an end, and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will be at full capacity when the Canadiens visit for Game 1 of their Stanley Cup Semifinal series.

Montreal got a boost from just 2,500 fans at the Bell Centre back in Game 6 versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now they will be the team that needs to overcome the amplified energy provided by a house full of fans rooting against them. It will be an atmosphere they haven’t experienced in a long time, and something else to defend against in the game’s opening minutes.

No matter the effect of the audience, the Habs’ game plan will remain the same, and that is rolling four lines all night long to keep the opposition defence under pressure. The Canadiens have used that style to win the first game in each of the first two rounds played so far, but Vegas is also designed to play that way, and so won’t be as unprepared as both the Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets seemed to be. Each line will have to show its effectiveness to keep pace in a series with one of the top teams in the league, and prove the Canadiens deserve to be in that conversation as well.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Artturi Lehkonen 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
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Brett Kulak Joel Edmundson
Alexander Romanov Erik Gustafsson

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Carey Price Jake Allen

Scratches

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

Injured/Ill

F: Jonathan Drouin (leave of absence), Jake Evans (concussion)
D: Jon Merrill, Jeff Petry (upper body)

Vegas Golden Knights projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Chandler Stephenson Mark Stone
Jonathan Marchessault William Karlsson Reilly Smith
Mattias Janmark Nicolas Roy Alex Tuch
William Carrier Keegan Kolesar Ryan Reaves

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Alec Martinez Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb Shea Theodore
Nick Holden Zach Whitecloud

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Marc-Andre Fleury Robin Lehner