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

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Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs

How to watch

Puck drop: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now
In the Canadiens region: RDS, RDS Direct
Elsewhere: NHL Live

October 3 is upon us and the new-look Montreal Canadiens are taking on the William Nylander-less Toronto Maple Leafs to open their season. It also signals Max Domi’s return from a five-game suspension for punching Aaron Ekblad during the pre-season.

The Habs are turning over a new leaf this season after trading captain Max Pacioretty on the eve of training camp. They have named team dad Shea Weber the new captain, thoiugh he remains out of the lineup until further notice.

While the Habs forward corps is solid if unspectacular, the defence looks like it could be iffy, especially because it depends on the performance of two young players: Victor Mete and Noah Juulsen.

Both teams finalized their rosters last night. The Habs placed forward Jacob de la Rose on Injured Reserve after he had a cardiac event. Head coach Claude Julien did not seem overly concerned, but stated that the team is following the doctors’ orders.

Carey Price is expected to start tonight and will be facing Frederik Andersen in the opposite net.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
#90 Tomas Tatar#24 Phillip Danault#11 Brendan Gallagher
#92 Jonathan Drouin#15 Jesperi Kotkaniemi#40 Joel Armia
#41 Paul Byron#13 Max Domi#62 Artturi Lehkonen
#65 Andrew Shaw#63 Matthew Peca#54 Charles Hudon


Left DefenceRight Defence
#53 Victor Mete#26 Jeff Petry
#28 Mikey Reilly#58 Noah Juulsen
#8 Jordie Benn#61 Xavier Ouellet


#31 Carey Price
#37 Antti Niemi

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Patrick MarleauAuston MatthewsTyler Ennis
Zach HymanJohn TavaresMitch Marner
Josh LeivoNazem KadriConnor Brown
Andreas JohnssonPar LindholmKasperi Kapanen


Left DefenceRight Defence
Morgan RiellyRon Hainsey
Jake GardinerNikita Zaitsev
Travis DermottIgor Ozhiganov


Frederik Andersen
Garret Sparks

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