Canadiens lineup vs Maple Leafs: Another chance for Kotkaniemi
The Habs first-round pick gets another look, battle on the bubble continues
The Montreal Canadiens released their lineup for tonight’s game at the Bell Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Voici l’alignement pour le match de ce soir contre les Maple Leafs de Toronto.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) September 26, 2018
The lineup for tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs. #GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/n4qpBoyyIi
Jesperi Kotkaniemi will get another long look, and with Jonathan Drouin drawing back in the lineup, you can expect Kotkaniemi to play with Drouin.
The Canadiens second line of Phillip Danault, Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar will also come back into the lineup as the Canadiens are looking to put together their NHL roster.
It also looks like an NHL defence tonight as Jeff Petry, Victor Mete, Noah Juulsen, Jordie Benn, Mike Reilly and David Schlemko make up the blue line tonight. It is an opportunity for Benn and Schlemko to fight back against the emergence of Xavier Ouellet.
Karl Alzner is listed above, but will not play tonight.
#Habs vs #Leafs:— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) September 26, 2018
Drouin - Kotkaniemi - Lehkoenn
Tatar - Danault - Gallagher
Agostino - Plekanec - Byron
Chaput - De La Rose - Scherbak
Reilly - Petry
Benn - Schlemko
Mete - Juulsen
Up front, Kenny Agostino and Michael Chaput get a chance to claim a spot on the opening night roster as does Jacob de la Rose.
Carey Price will likely play the whole game as Charlie Lindgren backs him up.
We will have a full game thread later today.