Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs Round 1 Game 6: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

The Canadiens face elimination once more, but this time they’ve brought some friends.

2021 North Division Semifinals Game 6

Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
TOR leads 3-2

How to watch

Start time: 7:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: NBCSN
Streaming: Live, Sportsnet Now

For the first time all season — the first time since March 10, 2020 — the sounds of fans will be heard at the Bell Centre. The stands may only be filled to about 10% capacity, but those who are there have 14 months’ worth of cheering to make up for as they try to push the team to another big win and send the series to a seventh game.

The Canadiens are dealing with another injury, this time to Jon Merrill who will need one to two weeks of recovery. In his place comes Brett Kulak, who was scratched for Erik Gustafsson in Game 5, and now has him as a partner on the third pair. Jake Evans may be a game-time decision tonight, but who he would replace after the Canadiens finally got their offence in gear in the previous game is the question.

On Toronto’s side, Nick Foligno is likely back in the lineup, though that is also a decision to make after warmups. The call has already been made to sit Rasmus Sandin, who played a role in Montreal’s first and third goals on Thursday, and will continue the alternation with Travis Dermott.

We should expect the same kind of forechecking strategies Montreal used so effectively in Game 5. They matched their production from the entire series to that point by putting pressure on the Leafs’ defence, and that is clearly the key to success. Every player will be fired up to keep their season going, and the crowd will only amplify the intensity in a must-win game.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Jake EvansPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher
Tyler ToffoliNick SuzukiCole Caufield
Paul ByronJesperi KotkaniemiJosh Anderson
Joel ArmiaEric StaalCorey Perry


Left DefenceRight Defence
Joel EdmundsonJeff Petry
Ben ChiarotShea Weber
Brett KulakErik Gustafsson


Carey PriceJake Allen


F: Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Michael Frolik, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylönen
D: Cale Fleury, Otto Leskinen, Xavier Ouellet, Alexander Romanov
G: Charlie Lindgren, Michael McNiven, Cayden Primeau


F: Jonathan Drouin (leave of absence), Jake Evans, Artturi Lehkonen, Jon Merrill

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Zach HymanAuston MatthewsMitch Marner
Alex GalchenyukNick FolignoWilliam Nylander
Ilya MikheyevAlexander KerfootWayne Simmonds
Joe ThorntonPierre EngvallJason Spezza


Left DefenceRight Defence
Morgan RiellyT.J. Brodie
Jake MuzzinJustin Holl
Travis DermottZach Bogosian


Jack CampbellFrederik Andersen

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