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

Montreal begins a back-to-back with another sweep in mind.

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Sabres region: MSG Buffalo
In the United States: NHL Network

We saw in the last game the Canadiens played that Mike Hoffman was dealing with some type of injury, and that will keep him out of the lineup tonight. Fortune keeps smiling on the Habs, however, because a forward who had been listed as injured has once again recovered just in time to return the lineup. This time it’s Joel Armia with the fortuitous recuperation, and he will take a place on the fourth line.

The reason that there is an open spot on the fourth trio is that Juraj Slafkovský has moved up to play with Christian Dvorak and Brendan Gallagher, two players who have begun to get more chances of late. Slafkovský’s addition to that line should give it a different look than it had with Hoffman, and perhaps a more physical brand of play along the wall will benefit all three of them.

On defence, the two scratches from last game, Jordan Harris and Chris Wideman, make their return at the expense of both Arber Xhekaj and Johnny Kovacevic. We may be in for some of these rotations for a a few games until the team has a need to swap a defenceman from the active roster to add another forward to the mix.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#22 Cole Caufield #14 Nick Suzuki #77 Kirby Dach
#20 Juraj Slafkovský #28 Christian Dvorak #11 Brendan Gallagher
#63 Evgenii Dadonov #91 Sean Monahan #17 Josh Anderson
#55 Michael Pezzetta #71 Jake Evans #40 Joel Armia

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#21 Kaiden Guhle #58 David Savard
#8 Mike Matheson #44 Joel Edmundson
$54 Jordan Harris #6 Chris Wideman

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#34 Jake Allen #35 Samuel Montembeault

Scratched: Johnny Kovacevic, Arber Xhekaj
Injured: Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin, Mike Hoffman

Buffalo Sabres projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jeff Skinner Tage Thompson Alex Tuch
Jack Quinn Dylan Cozens John Jason Peterka
Vinnie Hinostroza Casey Mittelstadt Victor Olofsson
Rasmus Asplund Zemgus Girgensons Tyson Jost

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Mattias Samuelsson Rasmus Dahlin
Owen Power Henri Jokiharju
Jacob Bryson Ilya Lyubushkin

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Craig Anderson Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen