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Women's Winter Classic: Les Canadiennes vs Boston Pride Game Preview, Lineups, Start Time and Game Thread

Everything you need to know about Les Canadiennes and the Boston Pride as they get set for the outdoor game

Shanna Martin

After a much anticipated official announcement, it is finally time for the CWHL and NWHL to come together at the Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.

Both teams will bring 16 skaters and 2 goaltenders to the game which will not be a full 60 minutes.

Les Canadiennes will bring all of their biggest names. The only players missing are rookies who play on the fourth line. Charline Labonté is a welcome sight on the roster as she missed Les Canadiennes last two games of the regular season in Brampton with a lower body injury.

For Boston, the big news is that they are missing some of their biggest names, and the biggest names in the sport who are at a Team USA camp. However, they have the rest of their roster plus five players from other NWHL teams. Ten players (in italics) on the Pride's Winter Classic roster played for the CWHL's Boston Blades last year.

The Blades beat Les Canadiennes (then Stars) in last season's Clarkson Cup final.

The Goaltenders

The starting goaltenders should be Labonté and Brittany Ott. Labonté is an Olympic Gold Medalist and is one of the best goaltenders in the world. She won the 2014 Goaltender of the Year Award in the CWHL. Ott split time in goal last year with the Blades. Her and Genevieve Lacasse led the Blades in goal and Ott has cemented herself as the Pride's top goaltender.

Players to Watch

For Montreal, it comes down to Julie Chu, Marie-Philip Poulin and Caroline Ouellette. The three are all legends in women's hockey and for them to have this experience is very special to them. Chu and Poulin both played their university hockey in Boston (Chu at Harvard and Poulin at Boston University) so this is a bit of a homecoming for them. Chu was born in Bridgeport, CT which is about two and a half hours from Gillette Stadium.

For Boston, Blake Bolden is one of the top defenders in women's hockey who is out of the National team spotlight. Bolden has a hard shot and can be seen as an offensive defender. She was a 2014 CWHL All-Star and will be an NWHL All-Star this year.

Other NWHL all-stars for the Pride in the women's Winter Classic are Ott, Emily Field, and Kaleigh Fratkin (who plays for the Connecticut Whale).

Puck drop is at 2:00 PM EST
Les Canadiennes Projected Lineup
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ann-Sophie Bettez Marie-Philip Poulin Caroline Ouellette
Noémie Marin Katia Clement-Heydra Kim Deschênes
Emmanuelle Blais Emilie Bocchia Leslie Oles
Left Defense
Right Defense
Lauriane Rougeau Julie Chu
Cathy Chartrand (C) Carly Hill
Chelsey Saunders Karell Emard
Sophie Brault
Charline Labonté
Sydney Aveson
Boston Pride Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Jillian Dempsey Corinne Buie Rachel Llanes
Emily Field Kelly Cooke Denna Laing
Bray Ketchum Meghan Fardelmann Kate Buesser

Casey Pickett
Left Defense
Right Defense
Blake Bolden Marissa Gedman
Kaleigh Fratkin Shannon Doyle
Cherie Hendrickson Meaghan Mangene
Brittany Ott
Lauren Slebodnick

Italics denotes player played for CWHL's Boston Blades last season.