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

Two struggling teams clash after the trade deadline, and the lineups look a little different from their last meeting.

The dust has settled following the trade deadline. The New York Islanders did not make any noise at all, while Montreal sent a pair of its regular lineup players to new homes.

The Islanders haven’t played since last Saturday when they clashed with division foe New Jersey in a 2-1 loss, their third straight at that point. Montreal will look to make that four straight games. The Canadiens themselves have lost two extremely close contests in the shootout to the division leading Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning, while putting a stomping on the hapless New York Rangers.

Out of all the deadline pieces acquired, it looks like Mike Reilly will be the only one to make his debut tonight, as both Kerby Rychel and Rinat Valiev spend some time helping out the Rocket in Laval. Andrew Shaw will also return from injury tonight.

This game has the potential to be a high scoring, sloppy affair as both sides have penalty kills in the bottom part of the NHL, and the Islanders tend to give up chunks of goals with relative ease. Montreal will still be forced to keep the Isles handful of scoring threats at bay in John Tavares, Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle, not an easy task for a defensive unit that has struggled this year. Either way, tonight’s contest should be an entertaining affair.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST

How to watch

In Canada: Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English), RDS (French)
In the Islanders region: MSG+
Elsewhere: GameCentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Max PaciorettyJonathan DrouinArtturi Lehkonen
Alex GalchenyukPhillip DanaultCharles Hudon
Paul ByronJacob de la RoseBrendan Gallagher
Nikita ScherbakByron FroeseAndrew Shaw


Left DefenceRight Defence
Victor MeteJeff Petry
Karl AlznerNoah Juulsen
Mike ReillyJordie Benn


Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: David Schlemko, Daniel Carr, Nicolas Deslauriers, Logan Shaw
Injured: Ales Hemsky (concussion), Carey Price (concussion), Shea Weber (foot)

New York Islanders projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Anders LeeJohn TavaresJosh Bailey
Anthony BeauvillierMathew BarzalJordan Eberle
Andrew LaddBrock NelsonTanner Fritz
Ross JohnstonCasey CizikasCal Clutterbuck


Left DefenceRight Defence
Nick LeddyJohnny Boychuk
Adam PelechSebastian Aho
Thomas HickeyRyan Pulock


Jaroslav Halak
Thomas Griess

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