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

Montreal gets some key players back this evening.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

How to watch

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

Montreal’s lineup will look a bit different tonight from the one that fell to the Lightning in Tampa on Saturday, thanks to a couple of forwards coming off the injured list. Brendan Gallagher, who hasn’t played since January 3, will slot onto a line with Mike Hoffman and Alex Belzile. Kirby Dach has missed several weeks of action with a lower-body injury, and he makes his appearance back on Nick Suzuki’s wing, at least to start this game. We’ll see if he moves to the centre position he had been playing at the time of his injury before the night is done.

The Habs will be down one of their goal-scorers from a close match three nights ago. Jesse Ylönen is dealing with an illness, and won’t be able to play. It’s not fun timing for a player who has finally gotten comfortable with his game at the NHL level, netting three goals in his last four games, so let’s hope it’s something that won’t impact him for long.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
#49 Rafaël Harvey-Pinard#14 Nick Suzuki#77 Kirby Dach
#25 Denis Gurianov#27 Jonathan Drouin#17 Josh Anderson
#68 Mike Hoffman#60 Alex Belzile#11 Brendan Gallagher
#55 Michael Pezzetta#67 Chris Tierney#32 Rem Pitlick


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


#35 Samuel Montembeault#34 Jake Allen

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

Tampa Bay Lightning projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Brandon HagelBrayden PointNikita Kucherov
Alex KillornAnthony CirelliTanner Jeannot
Ross ColtonSteven StamkosNick Paul
Mikey EyssimontPierre-Edouard BellemarePatrick Maroon


Left DefenceRight Defence
Victor HedmanZach Bogosian
Mikhail SergachevDarren Raddysh
Ian ColeErik Cernak


Andrei VasilevskiyBrian Elliott

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