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

The annual Super Bowl weekend kicks off with a game versus the soaring Ducks.

The Montreal Canadiens are playing their first of two matinee games this weekend. They start off with this afternoon’s game versus the Anaheim Ducks before hosting the Ottawa Senators tomorrow.

The Ducks have been on a charge over the last seven weeks of the season, being one of the NHL’s top teams in that span to grab a playoff spot in the West.

Ryan Getzlaf has been the catalyst of the turnaround, and now has 31 points in the 28 games he’s been able to play this season. The captain has been held pointless in his last three matches however, and will be hoping to end that streak today.

For the Canadiens, Nikita Scherbak is back in the lineup for the first time since sustaining a knee injury in October. He has been playing with the Laval Rocket in recent weeks after his recovery, and has been very impressive for the AHL team this season, scoring at well above a point-per-game pace on a team that has underachieved.

He will be given a prime opportunity to carry that offence over to the NHL today, as he’ll be playing alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Jonathan Drouin. It is the most skilled trio the Canadiens will dress by far, and it will be interesting to see what they’re able to do with the offensive-zone time.

Logan Shaw also draws back into the lineup to take on the team that placed him on waivers. On defence, Jakub Jerabek will watch the game from the press box with David Schlemko back in after a one-game scratch.

Antti Niemi gets the call between the pipes, with Carey Price getting the intradivisional start versus the Senators on Sunday.

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

How to watch

In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN GO (English), RDS (French)
In the Ducks region: FS-W
Elsewhere: GameCentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Nikita ScherbakPhillip DanaultArtturi Lehkonen
Alex GalchenyukJonathan DrouinBrendan Gallagher
Paul ByronJacob de la RoseLogan Shaw
Nicolas DeslauriersByron FroeseAndrew Shaw


Left DefenceRight Defence
Jordie BennJeff Petry
Karl AlznerNoah Juulsen
Mike ReillyDavid Schlemko


Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Daniel Carr, Jacob de la Rose, David Schlemko
Injured: Shea Weber (foot), Ales Hemsky (concussion), Andrew Shaw (lower-body), Phillip Danault (concussion)

Anaheim Ducks projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Brad MarchandRiley NashDavid Pastrnak
Jake DeBruskDavid KrejciRick Nash
Tommy WingelsDavid BackesBrian Gionta
Tim SchallerSean KuralyNoel Acciari


Left DefenceRight Defence
Zdeno CharaCharlie McAvoy
Torey KrugKevan Miller
Nick HoldenBrandon Carlo


Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

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