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

Proving that they can indeed play a solid game, will the Habs put together a strong effort once again?

Montreal Canadiens vs. Washington Capitals

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CityTV, Sportsnet East (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the Capitals region: NBC Sports Washington
Streaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

The Canadiens may not have been rewarded for playing one of their best games in some time with a win, but it was a lot more fun to watch than the low-effort losses they had begun to string together over the previous week. It had to have been more enjoyable for the players to dictate the flow rather than chase the play.

Doing something similar tonight could be what they need to prevent a series sweep at the hands of the Washington Capitals. They haven’t been close to winning either of the first two games, falling by three goals each time, and offence would be their best defence versus a team on a bit of a goal-scoring charge.

It might be one of the Habs’ veterans who gets them on the board first tonight. Joel Armia deserved at least one goal last night, and Brendan Gallagher was inspired by the return of Carey Price to play his vintage style, getting first to several pucks to keep the pressure on. Montreal will need to get some secondary scoring from such players to keep this game competitive.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Cole CaufieldNick SuzukiJosh Anderson
Mike HoffmanChristian DvorakBrendan Gallagher
Rem PitlickRyan PoehlingJoel Armia
Michael PezzettaJake EvansTyler Pitlick


Left DefenceRight Defence
Alexander RomanovDavid Savard
Joel EdmundsonJeff Petry
Corey SchuenemanChris Wideman


Samuel MontembeaultCarey Price

Washington Capitals projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Alexander OvechkinEvgeny KuznetsovConor Sheary
Marcus JohanssonNicklas BackstromT.J. Oshie
Anthony ManthaLars EllerTom Wilson
Johan LarssonNic DowdGarnet Hathaway


Left DefenceRight Defence
Martin FehervaryJohn Carlson
Dmitri OrlovNick Jensen
Trevor van RiemsdykJustin Schultz


Vitek VanecekIlya Samsonov

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