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

A new edition of the Montreal Canadiens hits the ice in Buffalo to kick off the 2017-18 season.

The Canadiens kick off their 2017-18 season on the road.

It starts with a visit to Buffalo, where former Hab Nathan Beaulieu will get a chance to make a mark against his former team. He might have trouble recognizing the Canadiens, as the team he departed from after last year’s disappointing playoff defeat to the Rangers has been shaken up substantially with six new players in tonight’s lineup that were not there when the Habs hung up the skates before the start of the summer.

Victor Mete will make his NHL regular season debut on the top defensive pairing alongside Shea Weber. Only two members of the Canadiens’ defense starting tonight was there at the beginning of last season, and with the veteran presence of Andrei Markov now in a different time-zone, it will be interesting to see how the Canadiens defense debuts tonight.

Jonathan Drouin will start at centre between Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. Drouin proved to be a reliable option to fill the top-line centre role during the preseason, and will get his first taste of holding that responsibility on his shoulders in a regular season game tonight.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EST / 10:00 PM PST

How to watch

In Canada: TSN2 (English/Habs region), RDS (French)
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

Buffalo Sabres 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

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