Canadiens @ Bruins: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

Montreal tries to carry some momentum from a win versus the Lightning to their match with the Bruins.

Montreal Canadiens @ Boston Bruins

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Bruins region: NESN
Streaming: ESPN+, RDS Direct, TSN+

Josh Anderson goes down, Jake Evans returns to action in the latest shuffle of players between the injured list and the active roster. With Kirby Dach also shifting down to centre the second line, the Canadiens have three of their top centres available to take on the Bruins.

That will give them a better shot at defeating a superior team than we would have said just a few games ago when the Habs were struggling to play competitive matches. Martin St-Louis will be more comfortable sending out his lines versus the best team in the league with a number of his regulars back in, and he will expect another composed effort from his defencemen to back them up.

The first task is surviving the opening minutes of the game, which has been a challenge for tonight’s starter, Jake Allen, for much of the season. He’s been struggling with the first few shots of a match before settling into the play, so if he can lock down the league’s second-best offensive team in the first half of the opening period, the Canadiens’ will at least have a fighting chance of pulling of an upset win.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
#49 Rafaël Harvey-Pinard#14 Nick Suzuki#68 Mike Hoffman
#27 Jonathan Drouin#77 Kirby Dach#25 Denis Gurianov
#32 Rem Pitlick#71 Jake Evans#11 Brendan Gallagher
#55 Michael Pezzetta#67 Chris Tierney#60 Alex Belzile


Left DefenceRight Defence
#8 Mike Matheson#58 David Savard
#44 Joel Edmundson#52 Justin Barron
#26 Johnny Kovacevic#6 Chris Wideman


#34 Jake Allen#35 Samuel Montembeault

Scratched: Jesse Ylönen
Injured/Ill: Josh Anderson, Joel Armia, Paul Byron, Cole Caufield, Christian Dvorak, Kaiden Guhle, Jordan Harris, Sean Monahan, Juraj Slafkovský, Arber Xhekaj

Boston Bruins projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronJake DeBrusk
Pavel ZachaDavid KrejciDavid Pastrnak
Tyler BertuzziCharlie CoyleTrent Frederic
A.J. GreerTomas NosekGarnet Hathaway


Left DefenceRight Defence
Matt GrzelcykCharlie McAvoy
Hampus LindholmDmitry Orlov
Jakub ZborilConnor Clifton


Jeremy SwaymanLinus Ullmark

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