Canadiens vs Lightning: Game thread, roster, lines, and how to watch

The Canadiens face their toughest challenge to date

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Montreal Canadiens are off to a great start this season.

They’re scoring goals, receiving fantastic performances from their goaltenders, and they’ve only dropped one point of a possible 14. Add to that a league-leading +14 goal differential and a score adjusted Corsi for of 53%. Simply put, the Habs are on fire.

Tonight represents the biggest challenge of the year for the NHL’s top team, as they face a team many have projected to win the Atlantic Division. The Lightning are off to an equally impressive start, owning a 5-1-0 record, and a +9 goal differential. As you would expect, Steven Stamkos leads them in scoring, with five goals and four assists in six games.

Even though the Canadiens are unbeaten in regulation, they’ll be hungry for a win versus their divisional rivals, seeing as many will perceive this game as a real measuring stick as to whether or not this team is a legitimate contender.

Last night saw Michel Therrien blend the lines midway through the game, meaning it’s unclear whether or not we’ll see any changes to start tonight compared to the lineup that was iced versus the Islanders.

We do know that Carey Price gets the start, whereas rookies Mikhail Sergachev and Daniel Carr will once again watch the game from the press box.

Puck drop is 7:30pm ET

How to watch:

Canada (English): Sportsnet 360

Canada (French): RDS


Online: GCL, NHL.TV

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Paul Byron Alex Galchenyuk Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Alexander Radulov
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Andrew Shaw
Phillip Danault Torrey Mitchell
Left Defense
Right Defense
Alexei Emelin
Nathan Beaulieu

Scratched: Mikhail Sergachev, Daniel Carr

Injured: Zach Redmond (foot)

Carey Price
Al Montoya
Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Nikita Kucherov Steven Stamkos Vladislav Namestnikov
Jonathan Drouin Tyler Johnson Ondrej Palat
Alex Killorn Valtteri Filppula Brayden Point
Cedric Paquette Brian Boyle J.T. Brown
Left Defense
Right Defense
Victor Hedman Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison Andrej Sustr
Braydon Coburn Nikita Nesterov
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Ben Bishop

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