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

The Habs take another stab at their first home win of the season as they welcome the division rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Montreal Canadiens have stumbled out of the gate to start the season. They’ve been performing better than the results on the scoreboard indicate, but have still been unable to register a win since the season opener. The goals have been few and far between. and the defence is still gelling together after an off-season of change.

By contrast, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who’ve not had much to cheer about in recent years, have taken the new NHL season by storm, roaring out to an early 3-1-0 record and playing an impressive team game. Auston Matthews is on pace for a great sophomore season, and the Habs will need to limit his offence in tonight’s game.

Neither team’s output is sustainable in the long term, and in the length of an 82game season, the two teams could end up being close to one another when playoff spots are being clinched. The Canadiens certainly hope the winds of change will begin blowing at the Bell Centre tonight so they can gain some confidence and calm a nervous fanbase.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT

How to watch

In Canada: CBC (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the USA: NHL Network
Elsewhere: Game Centre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal 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

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Andrew CoglianoRickard RackellJakob Silfverberg
Nick RitchieAntoine VermetteCorey Perry
Chris WagnerDerek Grant Logan Shaw
Nicolas KerdilesDennis RasmussenDerek Boll


Left DefenceRight Defence
Cam FowlerJosh Manson
Francois BeaucheminBrandon Montour
Jaycob MegnaKevin Bieksa


John Gibson
Reto Berra

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