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

Montreal welcomes a familiar face to the Bell Centre for the last game in January.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Arizona Coyotes

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: Sportsnet One, Sportsnet Now (English)
In the Canadiens region: RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Coyotes region: Fox Sports-Arizona
Elsewhere: NHL Live

Despite a large amount of injuries, the Arizona Coyotes keep working their way up the Western Conference standings. A win last night allowed them to jump ahead of the Edmonton Oilers (perhaps playing a role in the Canadian team’s quick decision to fire general manager Peter Chiarelli) and there are now have just two teams between them a playoff spot.

An injury sustained last night may prove costly for the makeshift roster Arizona has been forced to run. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is unable to play tonight after needing to leave Tuesday’s game in Ottawa, taking away their best player for the second half of a back-to-back.

With the exception of an injured Andrew Shaw and a suspended Paul Byron, the Canadiens have their full roster intact, as well as several days of rest on their side. Arizona’s current number-one netminder, Darcy Kuemper, will also be on the bench tonight while Carey Price steps in for Montreal.

All of those personnel options point to a one-sided matchup in tonight’s game. If the Canadiens are eager for two points tonight, a consistent effort should add them to their record on the final night of action before the All-Star break.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Jonathan DrouinPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher
Tomas TatarMax DomiArtturi Lehkonen
Charles HudonJesperi KotkaniemiJoel Armia
Kenny AgostinoMichael ChaputNicolas Deslauriers


Left DefenceRight Defence
Victor MeteShea Weber
Mikey ReillyJeff Petry
Brett KulakJordie Benn


Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Arizona Coyotes projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Richard PanikDerek StepanVinnie Hinostroza
Clayton KellerNick CousinsChristian Fischer
Alex GalchenyukJordan WealConor Garland
Lawson CrouseMario KempeJosh Archibald


Left DefenceRight Defence
Alex GoligoskiNiklas Hjalmarsson
Jakob ChychrunJordan Oesterle
Kevin ConnautonIlya Lyubushkin


Calvin Pickard
Darcy Kuemper

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