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

The Canadiens will look to wake up against the NHL’s top squad.

The Montréal Canadiens will have to make sure that they are wide awake this time around, as they face the Washington Capitals in the early afternoon on Saturday.

The Canadiens are coming off a brutal performance against the Philadelphia Flyers in a game that they only mustered 16 shots. That kind of performance won't do against the Capitals; even though Washington has cooled down slightly over the last two weeks, they are still the cream of the crop in the league.

The last time these two teams met it did not go well for the Canadiens. It was another poor effort, as the Capitals outshot them 39-23, winning the game 4-1. All the more reason for the Canadiens to bring their A-game, as they need to prove that they can win against the league's better teams. They will need to start stringing together some wins if they want to maintain a distance from other teams in the Atlantic Division standings.

We can expect some line shuffling for the Canadiens, as the coaching staff will try to light a spark. There were some changes on the fly during the game against the Flyers, but there was too little time for the players to adjust. The team hopes that whatever line combinations they come up with will pay off immediately, as they cannot afford to start the game poorly.

Puck drop is at 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST

How to watch

In Canada: Sportsnet (English), RDS (French)
In the United States: CSN-DC
Elsewhere: Gamecentre Live, NHL Centre 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

Injured: Brendan Gallagher (fractured hand)
Scratched: David Desharnais, Greg Pateryn

Washington Capitals 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

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