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

The Canadiens have been doing very well at home, but they need to achieve similar success on the road.

Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: CBC, CityTV, Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)
Elsewhere: / Rogers NHL Live

The Canadiens are expected to run out the same lineup that put on a commanding performance versus the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Montreal is hoping to carry the success from their two wins at home to both better results on the road and a first win versus the Maple Leafs this season.

While Montreal has everyone available, the Leafs are missing their shutdown centre, Nazem Kadri, who will be out with a concussion. It means the Habs will face a bit less resistance in their offensive game, though it should still be a tight-checking contest with little room available, as the previous game turned out to be. If the Canadiens are able to use the same transition approach that demolished the Flyers two days ago, they will be able to get their chances on offence.

Closely watching the Leafs is a good strategy, but the Canadiens will have to be careful not to get into a special-teams battle with their rival. Toronto was ice cold on the man advantage when the teams faced each other two weeks ago — in fact it was Montreal that scored the only power-play goal — but the Leafs managed five goals on the power play the next week. On their current three-game losing streak, the Leafs have been held without a power-play goal yet again. Montreal’s best bet is to replicate what the St. Louis Blues did on Tuesday, and not go into the penalty box at all.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Tomas TatarPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher
Paul ByronMax DomiAndrew Shaw
Artturi LehkonenJesperi KotkaniemiJoel Armia
Nicolas DeslauriersNate ThompsonMatthew Peca


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


Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Zach HymanJohn TavaresMitch Marner
Andreas JohnssonAuston MatthewsKasperi Kapanen
Patrick MarleauWilliam NylanderConnor Brown
Par LindholmFrederik GauthierTyler Ennis


Left DefenceRight Defence
Morgan RiellyRon Hainsey
Jake MuzzinNikita Zaitsev
Jake GardinerTravis Dermott


Frederik Andersen
Garret Sparks

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