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

How will Montreal rebound after arguably their worst game of the year?

To put things lightly, Saturday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs was an abject disaster. Montreal looked like a Pee-Wee team against a Toronto side missing several of its star players, and that was reflected on the shot counter and the scoreboard.

The season rolls on however, as the Canadiens start their last handful of games, beginning with another match against the Florida Panthers. With 13 games left to play, the Panthers sit five points out of the final wild-card spot in the Easteren Conference, and a loss to the Canadiens would deal a huge blow to their post-season chances.

As for the Habs, the team will hopefully come out of the game like a rocket given their performance against the Leafs. Antti Niemi will see a start between the pipes, with Carey Price serving as his backup for tonight’s game, as he tries to continue his revenge tour against his former teams. He got the win against Dallas last week, but couldn’t stop a late goal in a 5-3 loss to the Penguins.

Regardless of that, the Habs should  put forth a better effort; if not the remaining nine games after this one could drag on even slower than the second half already is.

If you’re still looking for a reason to tune in, Brendan Gallagher is closing in on a new career high in points and chasing the 30-goal mark. Jonathan Drouin has started showing much more of what he’s capable of in recent games, including killing penalties for Claude Julien. And of course there’s always the continuing redemption story of Niemi.

How to Watch

Puck drop is at 7:30PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDT

In Canada: TSN2, TSNGO (English), RDS (French)
In the Panthers region: Fox Sports-Florida
Elsewhere: GameCentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Paul ByronJonathan DrouinBrendan Gallagher
Alex GalchenyukJacob de la RoseArtturi Lehkonen
Nikita ScherbakLogan ShawCharles Hudon
Nicolas DeslauriersMichael McCarronByron Froese


Left DefenceRight Defence
Jordie BennJeff Petry
Karl AlznerNoah Juulsen
Mike ReillyBrett Lernout


Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Florida Panthers projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Evgenii DadonovAleksander BarkovNick Bjugstad
Jonathan HuberdeauVincent TrocheckDenis Malgin
Maxim MaminJared McCannFrank Vatrano
Jamie McGinnDerek MacKenzieColton Sceviour


Left DefenceRight Defence
Keith YandleAaron Ekblad
Michael MathesonMark Pysyk
MacKenzie WeegarAlex Petrovic


Roberto Luongo
James Reimer

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