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Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs: Pre-season Game 2 preview, start time, and how to watch

Jonathan Drouin returns for the first pre-season game at the Bell Centre.

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

Pre-season Game 2: Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, RDS
In the Leafs region: TSN4
In the US: NHL Network
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live, RDS Direct, TSN Direct

The Canadiens played their first game of the pre-season on Saturday versus the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. It wasn’t noteworthy for any member of the organization, save Michael McNiven who made a strong case to serve as Jake Allen’s backup should Carey Price miss the start of the season.

Tonight the two teams play a rematch, through there will be few if any of the same players from the first game. The teams will be sending out the other halves of their training camp roster to get them into game shape.

In yesterday’s Red vs. White Scrimmage, the group that will play tonight proved to be the stronger of the two put together when camp began. It was led by Joel Armia and 2021 draftee Joshua Roy, who has since been returned to the Sherbrooke Phoenix, brimming with confidence and believing he’s a bit closer to his NHL dream than he was just one week ago.

After yesterday’s lineup was forced to adjust to a minor ailment sustained by Cole Caufield in warmup, today Armia should be playing on a line with Jake Evans and Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, which will probably see a lot of Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner this evening as the trio makes its case to take on a key shutdown role.

The top storyline will be the return of Jonathan Drouin, who received a nice ovation when he hit the ice for the first time in yesterday’s scrimmage. It will be his first competitive action since a game on April 21, after which he took a leave of absence to focus on his mental health.

It’s also another chance for Mattias Norlinder and Kaiden Guhle to make their cases to stick with the NHL club. They’ll be playing with veterans Ben Chiarot and David Savard, respectively, and can probably expect to see the ice in all situations.

There will be just over two weeks at the conclusion of this game until the NHL season officially starts, so there’s limited time for players to prove they deserve a longer look before the decision-makers whittle down to the maximum of 23 players.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#92 Jonathan Drouin #28 Christian Dvorak #17 Josh Anderson
#49 Rafaël Harvey-Pinard #71 Jake Evans #40 Joel Armia
#96 Danick Martel #48 Jean-Sébastien Dea #56 Jesse Ylonën
#55 Michael Pezzetta #53 Jan Mysak #80 Gabriel Bourque

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#21 Kaiden Guhle #58 David Savard
#59 Mattias Norlinder #8 Ben Chiarot
#64 Corey Schueneman #20 Chris Wideman

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#34 Jake Allen #95 Kevin Poulin