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

Montreal gets set to face Ottawa in the NHL 100 Classic.

This evening will be an exciting night of hockey in the nation's capital when the Ottawa Senators will host the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL 100 Classic. The venue of Lansdowne Park is expected to draw a large number of Habs and Sens fans alike for the first outdoor game of the season.

Montreal (14-14-4) snapped a three-game losing streak in their game on Thursday night, defeating the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in overtime at the Bell Centre., despite finding themselves behind after the Devils’ first shot of the game. From that moment, Canadiens all-star goaltender Carey Price didn't look back, stopping the next 31 in a row en route to his ninth victory of the season.

Andrew Shaw got the equalizer with his eighth, and Tomas Plekanec found himself alone in overtime after a nice individual effort by Charles Hudon. For Plekanec, it was his first goal since November 4, a span of 18 games.

The Senators (10-13-7) have been really struggling this season. With just one win in their last six games (1-4-1), and two wins in their last 14, including four shutout losses, things have not been going their way.

Their last game was a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. Forwards Bobby Ryan and Zack Smith, and defender Cody Ceci scored for Ottawa, while Craig Anderson made 27 saves for his eighth win of the season.

The Canadiens and Senators are meeting for already the third time this season. Montreal first faced Ottawa on October 30, and took the Senators to town, beating them by an 8-3 margin. Both Hudon and Artturi Lehkonen each had a pair of goals while backup goaltender Al Montoya made 25 saves in the win.

Just under a month later on November 29, the Senators traveled to the Bell Centre, and although it was a much closer game, the Canadiens still edged them out 2-1. Jonathan Drouin and Phillip Danault scored for Montreal, and Price made 27 saves.

Puck drop — weather permitting — is at 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST.

How to watch

In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the USA: NBCSN, NBCSN online
Elsewhere: GameCentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Alex GalchenyukJonathan DrouinAndrew Shaw
Max PaciorettyPhillip DanaultPaul Byron
Charles HudonTomas PlekanecBrendan Gallagher
Nicolas DeslauriersByron FroeseDaniel Carr


Left DefenceRight Defence
Jordie BennShea Weber
Karl AlznerJeff Petry
David SchlemkoJakub Jerabek


Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Scratches: Jacob de la Rose, Joe Morrow

Injuries: Ales Hemsky (concussion-like symptoms), Al Montoya (concussion), Artturi Lehkonen (upper body)

Ottawa Senators projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Bobby RyanMatt DucheneMark Stone
Tom PyattDerick BrassardChris Dzingel
Zach SmithJean-Gabriel PageauMike Hoffman
Alexandre BurrowsNate ThompsonNick Paul


Left DefenceRight Defence
Johnny OduyaErik Karlsson
Dion PhaneufCody Ceci
Frederik ClaessonThomas Chabot


Craig Anderson
Mike Condon

The game will be a homecoming for four members of the combined squads. The Senators have Cody Ceci and Jean-Gabriel Pageau who are also Ottawa natives, Derick Brassard grew up in Hull, just across the Ottawa River. The Canadiens forward Paul Byron is also an Ottawa native.

Tonight's game will be the fourth outdoor game for the Canadiens. They have previously faced the Edmonton Oilers back in 2003, winning 4-3, then got shut out 4-0 to the Calgary Flames in 2011, and then most recently won 5-1 in the Winter Classic back on New Year's Day 2016.

For the Senators, it will be their second outdoor classic, previously playing the Vancouver Canucks in the 2014 Heritage Classic, beating them 4-2 in Vancouver.

Tonight's game should be a very exciting matchup as these division rivals are both on the outside of playoff picture, and desperate to get back in.

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