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

Dominique Ducharme aims for his first win as an NHL head coach.

Montreal Canadiens @ Winnipeg Jets

How to watch

Start time: 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Jets region: TSN3
Streaming: Live, RDS Direct, TSN Direct

It’s only been two days since the Canadiens last played, but there have been some major changes in Montreal. After another loss to the Ottawa Senators, Marc Bergevin decided he’d seen enough losing, enough disappoining performances from a group of players that looked like the cream of the crop in the fist 10 games of the season, and fired Claude Julien from head-coaching duties.

The team that faces the Winnipeg Jets for the first of nine meetings this season will be helmed by Dominique Ducharme. He’s already made a few adjustments, reuniting the line of Tomas Tatar, Phillip Danault, and Brendan Gallagher in an effort to rediscover the play that had them among the league’s best chance-generators for two seasons. He would prefer to see the line taking control of the game, rather than getting frustrated with 50/50 calls that go against them in games that are closer than they should be.

His first scratch as the bench boss is Jake Evans, who comes out of the lineup for the first time all season. What had been a stable role as the fourth-line centre will be taken by Paul Byron, who has played the position for Montreal before. Evans’s departure means that Artturi Lehkonen draws back in after sitting out for the two losses to Ottawa.

The defence will stay the same, at least to start, and Carey Price gets the call in goal. All 19 players who will hit the ice have received a loud message that their play of late has been unacceptable, and we’ll see how they respond to a new instructor.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Jonathan DrouinNick SuzukiJosh Anderson
Tomas TatarPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher
Tyler ToffoliJesperi KotkaniemiCorey Perry
Artturi LehkonenPaul ByronJoel Armia


Left DefenceRight Defence
Ben ChiarotShea Weber
Joel EdmundsonJeff Petry
Brett KulakAlexander Romanov


Carey PriceJake Allen

Scratched: Jake Evans, Victor Mete

Winnipeg Jets projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Pierre-Luc DuboisMark ScheifeleBlake Wheeler
Kyle ConnorPaul StastnyNikolaj Ehlers
Andrew CoppAdam LowryMason Appleton
Mathieu PerreaultNate ThompsonTrevor Lewis


Left DefenceRight Defence
Derek ForbortNeal Pionk
Josh MorrisseyNathan Beaulieu
Sami NikuDylan DeMelo


Connor HellebuyckLaurent Brossoit

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