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

It’s Antti Niemi versus Ben Bishop in the final game of 2018.

Montreal Canadiens @ Dallas Stars

How to watch

Start time: 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Stars region: FS-SW+
Elsewhere: NHL Live

Before the Habs head home for the new year, they’ve taken a bit of a detour from Florida to Texas to take on the Dallas Stars. Currently 3-2 on a six-game excursion away from the Bell Centre, the team has a chance to solidify a winning record, rather simply a .500 one, with a win against the eighth-place team in the west.

Dallas was done a bit of a favour by the New Jersey Devils this afternoon, who shut out the Vancouver Canucks and prevent the Canadian club from moving into the second wild-card seed. The Stars can gain a bit of separation should they pull off a victory this evening.

To keep that from happening, the Canadiens will send forth a lineup nearly identical to the one from Saturday’s 6-5 loss in Tampa Bay, swapping out Matthew Peca for Nicolas Deslauriers on the fourth line. Antti Niemi gets a third consecutive start, going up against one of his old teams looking to get himself back on track, and send his team home on a high note.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Tomas TatarPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher
Jonathan DrouinMax DomiPaul Byron
Artturi LehkonenJesperi KotkaniemiAndrew Shaw
Nicolas DeslauriersMichael Chaput Kenny Agostino


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


Antti Niemi
Michael McNiven

Dallas Stars projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Jamie BennTyler SeguinDenis Gurianov
Mattias JanmarkRoope HintzAlexander Radulov
Tyler PitlickRadek FaksaBlake Comeau
Devin ShoreJason SpezzaValeri Nichushkin


Left DefenceRight Defence
Esa LindellJohn Klingberg
Miro HeiskanenRoman Polak
Julius HonkaConnor Carrick


Ben Bishop
Anton Khudobin

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