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

Every point matters as the Islanders come to the Bell Centre tonight.

Lots of changes are coming to the Montreal Canadiens, and rather quickly.

Andrew Shaw supposedly suffered a lower-body injury during their game against the Boston Bruins, and will be absent from the lineup tonight.

The Canadiens picked up center Logan Shaw from waivers earlier today as well, perhaps due to the injury news that arose.

Coming off a hard-fought loss against Boston, in which Phillip Danault suffered a head injury, the Canadiens’ centre depth has quickly crumbled, as the only active centres are Jonathan Drouin, Tomas Plekanec, Jacob de la Rose, and Byron Froese. Not satisfied with that contingent, Claude Julien has decided to try Paul Byron in the middle tonight.

Meanwhile, the Islanders are in the thick of the playoff race, led by superstar John Tavares, who has been one of the NHL’s best this season and is arguably in contention for the Hart Trophy.

The Canadiens will need to play a strong defensive game to stop the Islanders’ offence.

Puck drop is at 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST

How to watch

In Canada: TSN2, TSN GO (English), RDS (French)
In the US: NHL Network
In the Islanders region: NBCSN
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL GameCentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left WingCentreRight Wing
Max PaciorettyPaul ByronCharles Hudon
Alex GalchenyukJonathan DrouinDaniel Carr
Artturi LehkonenTomas PlekanecBrendan Gallagher
Nicolas DeslauriersJacob de la RoseByron Froese

Defence

Left DefenceRight Defence
Karl AlznerJeff Petry
Jordie BennJakub Jerabek
Victor MeteDavid Schlemko

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

New York Islanders projected lineup

Forwards

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

Defence

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

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

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