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

COVID strikes the Habs again, who will be down two right-wingers for tonight’s contest.

Montreal Canadiens @ Dallas Stars

How to watch

Start time: 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Stars region: Bally Sports Southwest
Streaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, RDS Direct, TSN Direct

Just when you thought the Canadiens had put COVID behind them, it catches up with the team once more. This time, Cole Caufield and Joel Armia (who is no stranger to the protocol) have been infected, and will be out of the lineup for some time.

At least the coaches don’t need to search the couch cushions for replacement players this time around, as there were some scratches to choose from to fill out the spots in the forward group (we’ll have to wait to see their permutations). If this is the start of another pass through the team, however, more recalls may be needed later this week.

Montreal will be taking on a team from Dallas that ranks in the middle of the pack in offence, but fares much better on the power play, ranking sixth in that special-teams situation. Players Alexander Romanov and his fellow penalty-killers will need to keep an eye on tonight are Joe Pavelski and Roope Hintz on the first unit, and then a second fivesome led from the back by Ryan Suter and Miro Heiskanen.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Tyler ToffoliNick SuzukiJake Evans
Jonathan DrouinRem PitlickJosh Anderson
Michael PezzettaRyan PoehlingArtturi Lehkonen
Laurent DauphinChristian DvorakMike Hoffman


Left DefenceRight Defence
Kale ClagueJeff Petry
Ben ChiarotDavid Savard
Alexander RomanovChris Wideman


Samuel MontembeaultCayden Primeau

Dallas Stars projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Jacob PetersonRoope HintzJoe Pavelski
Denis GurianovJamie BennTyler Seguin
Michael RafflRadek FaksaLuke Glendening
Rhett GardnerRiley DamianiJoel Kiviranta


Left DefenceRight Defence
Ryan SuterMiro Heiskanen
Esa LindellJohn Klingberg
Joel HanleyJani Hakanpaa


Jake OettingerBraden Holtby

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