Canadiens vs. Avalanche: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

Claude Julien tries something a little different as the Habs return home.

Montreal Canadiens @ Colorado Avalanche

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the Avalanche region: Altitude
Elsewhere: NHL Live

With the offence treading water in recent games, and the lack of production from Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin extending back even farther, Claude Julien decided to make a few tweaks to his forward combinations for tonight’s game.

Drouin technically moves up a line, though the result is getting two of the top possession players in the league to insulate him, allowing for more chances to get into the offensive zone where his skills can be put to use. It’s a similar story for Domi, as he slots in between Artturi Lehkonen and Joel Armia.

It means Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s line gets affected as well, but he now had both Tomas Tatar and Paul Byron to work with, so the rookie should still be able to put on his show in the offensive zone.

Karl Alzner is also back in the pressbox after his one game of action, allowing for the return of Mikey Reilly.

The Habs will be hoping to find enough offence to outscore the Avalanche tonight, relying on a bit of shakeup to add some energy in the attacking end.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Jonathan DrouinPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher
Artturi LehkonenMax DomiJoel Armia
Tomas TatarJesperi KotkaniemiPaul Byron
Kenny AgostinoMichael ChaputNicolas Deslauriers


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


Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Colorado Avalanche projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Gabriel LandeskogNathan MacKinnonMikko Rantanen
Tyson JostAlex KerfootColin Wilson
Matt CalvertCarl SoderbergJ.T. Compher
Matt NietoSheldon DriesSven Andrighetto


Left DefenceRight Defence
Samuel GirardErik Johnson
Ian ColeTyson Barrie
Ryan GravesMark Barberio


Semyon Varlamov
Philipp Grubauer

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