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

The Habs hope for a strong result versus their storied rival in their last game before the bye week.

Things have been tough for the Montreal Canadiens of late, with their goaltenders struggling to stop the puck and their vaunted offensive depth limited mostly to the output of the captain. With a five-day break on the horizon to forget about the grind of the regular season for a short respite, the Habs will hope to head into the vacation on a high note with a win in the barn of their hated rival.

The team will get a big lift in tonight’s game against the Bruins in Boston. For the second season in a row, Brendan Gallagher returns from a hand injury just in time to face the Habs’ nemesis. Fans can only hope things go as well this time as they did in the Winter Classic a little more than a year ago.

On the line is a nine-game winning streak in whichever building the Bruins have called home over the last few seasons. Given the way the team has been playing in this recent stretch, the Habs may be hard-pressed to run that streak to 10, but with Gallagher back in the fold they just may be able to build some confidence before a brief hiatus.

How to watch

Puck drop: 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST
In Canada: Sportsnet (English), RDS (French)
In the United States: NBCSN
Elsewhere: Gamecenter Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Max PaciorettyJonathan DrouinAlex Galchenyuk
Artturi LehkonenTomas PlekanecAles Hemsky
Paul ByronPhillip DanaultAndrew Shaw
Charles HudonJacob de la RoseBrendan Gallagher


Left DefenceRight Defence
Victor MeteShea Weber
Karl AlznerJeff Petry
Joe MorrowJordie Benn


Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Sven Andrighetto, David Desharnais

Boston Bruins projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Evander KaneJack EichelJason Pominville
Benoit PouliotRyan O'ReillyKyle Okposo
Zemgus GirgensonsSam ReinhartSeth Griffith
Johan LarssonJacob JosefsonJordan Nolan
Left DefenceRight Defence
Nathan BeaulieuRasmus Ristolainen
Marco ScandellaMatt Tennyson
Jake McCabeViktor Antipin
Robin Lehner
Chad Johnson

Scratched: Matt Beleskey, John-Michael Liles, Joe Morrow
Injured: Austin Czarnik

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