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Canadiens @ Golden Knights Round 3 Game 2: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

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Will the Canadiens’ adjustments help them get back on even terms?

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

2021 Stanley Cup Semifinals Game 2

Montreal Canadiens @ Vegas Golden Knights

VGK leads 1-0

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

After a good start, the Canadiens slowly lost control of Game 1 to the Golden Knights, specifically their defence corps which was using creativity in the offensive zone to rack up goals on the scoreboard. Just protecting the slot won’t be enough to slow down the home team, so the Habs need to alter their approach.

There might be help arriving for them, but we won’t know if that’s the case until the warmup begins 30 minutes before the game. There are four players, chief among them Jeff Petry, who are all options to play, but it’s still possible that the Canadiens have to run the same lineup as Game 1.

If that’s the case, they need more contributions from everyone not on Nick Suzuki’s line. The forwards are going to be critical in preventing plays at the top of their own zone and getting things headed back toward Marc-Andre Fleury. They also need to stick to the breakout plan that proved completely dominant against the Winnipeg Jets, with forwards closely supporting their defence when possession is regained, and not resorting to stretch passes as they did in the second half of Game 1.

Those are all simple changes to make, and if the Canadiens execute them they will have a fair shot at claiming home-ice advantage in the series with a split at T-Mobile Arena.

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
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, Tomas Tatar, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylönen
D: Cale Fleury, Brett Kulak, Xavier Ouellet, Alexander Romanov
G: Charlie Lindgren, Michael McNiven, Cayden Primeau

Injured/Ill

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

Vegas Golden Knights projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Nicolas Roy Mark Stone
Jonathan Marchessault William Karlsson Reilly Smith
Dylan Sikura Mattias Janmark 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