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

The Habs aim for another three-game winning streak before headed out to the west coast.

San Jose Sharks v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. San Jose Sharks

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Sharks region: NBC Sports San Diego

It’s clear that Martin St-Louis isn’t a coach who insists that you don’t mess with a winning lineup. Following two wins, impressive in that they came in the letter two contests of a three-games-in-less-than-four-days period, he’s followed through on his comments that the Canadiens would run a rotation of defencemen with so many healthy bodies on the blue line.

That’s welcome news for Jordan Harris, who didn’t play in either of those recent wins, last on the ice for a difficult night versus the Buffalo Sabres. He hasn’t played in a week, and maybe that time off was necessary as he had been seeing some defensive lapses after a rock-solid opening month to the season. The rest may help him get back to that form, and Johnny Kovacevic will give him a familiar partner to work with in his return.

If you’ve only followed the Sharks by the reports of Erik Karlsson’s resurgence this season, you would think Harris and the Habs’ defence corps is in for a tough match versus a historically difficult opponent. Yet the Habs and Sharks have nearly identical goals-per-game averages, and the Sharks are slightly worse on the defensive side. If Jake Allen can rebound from a stretch of relatively poor play by his standards, failing to hit a .900 save percentage since November 8, the Habs could earn the victory and head out to Western Canada feeling confident about their game.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

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

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#44 Joel Edmundson #21 Kaiden Guhle
#8 Mike Matheson #58 David Savard
$54 Jordan Harris #26 Johnny Kovacevic

Goaltenders

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

Scratched: Chris Wideman, Arber Xhekaj
Injured: Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin, Mike Hoffman

San Jose Sharks projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Timo Meier Tomas Hertl Kevin Labanc
Matt Nieto Logan Couture Alexander Barabanov
Noah Gregor Nick Bonino Luke Kunin
Oskar Lindblom Steven Lorentz Jeffrey Viel

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jaycob Megna Erik Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Matt Benning
Nick Cicek Radim Simek

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Kaapo Kahkonen Aaron Dell