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

The Habs will try to extend their winning streak against the Leafs while trying to keep their own season alive.

After another lackluster effort against the New York Islanders on Thursday, the Montréal Canadiens will need to try better against a Toronto Maple Leafs team that is closing in on them — like so many other teams in the Atlantic Division. The Leafs are only four points behind with a game in hand, with tonight’s contest being a potential "four-point game" in the standings.

After generating no offence against the Isles, head coach Claude Julien shifted the forwards around in practice the next day. The biggest winner is Artturi Lehkonen, who gets to stay on the second offensive line with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher after Julien put him there late in Thursday's game. While offering that line better support at both ends of the ice, he also will be able to get more offensive opportunities.

David Desharnais and Sven Andrighetto are both returning to the lineup, and they will play alongside Torrey Mitchell on the fourth line to start the game. The Habs are trying to boost their scoring, as all these changes make clear. The hope is also that the players coming into the lineup can find motivation from being healthy scratches for so long and try to play their way up the forward depth chart.

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST

How to watch:

Canada (English): CBC, CityTV

Canada (French): TVA Sports

Elsewhere: Gamecentre Live, NHL Centre Ice

Montréal Canadiens Projected Lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Max PaciorettyJonathan DrouinAlex Galchenyuk
Artturi LehkonenTomas PlekanecAles Hemsky
Paul ByronPhillip DanaultAndrew Shaw
Charles HudonJacob de la RoseBrendan Gallagher


Left DefenceRight Defence
Victor MeteShea Weber
Karl AlznerJeff Petry
Joe MorrowJordie Benn


Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Brian Flynn, Michael McCarron, Greg Pateryn

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Evander KaneJack EichelJason Pominville
Benoit PouliotRyan O'ReillyKyle Okposo
Zemgus GirgensonsSam ReinhartSeth Griffith
Johan LarssonJacob JosefsonJordan Nolan
Left DefenceRight Defence
Nathan BeaulieuRasmus Ristolainen
Marco ScandellaMatt Tennyson
Jake McCabeViktor Antipin
Robin Lehner
Chad Johnson

Scratched: Martin Marincin

Injured: Mitchell Marner, Connor Carrick, Tyler Bozak

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