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

Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

Game 16: Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Flames region: Sportsnet West
Streaming: ESPN+, TSN+, RDS, Sportsnet+

The Canadiens fell off the pace in the second period of their game with the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday and never recovered, unable to follow up an impressive win over the Boston Bruins with another victory. But they’ve now had a day to recover physically and mentally from a intense match with their rival, and can get back to work with the Calgary Flames in town.

Unlike the Canucks, the Flames aren’t one of the top teams in the league; just the opposite in fact. The playoffs are already slipping away with each loss they accumulate, currently sitting on 10 points through 14 games.

Martin St-Louis has made a few lineup changes for the game, making the common swap of Michael Pezzetta and Jesse Ylönen on the fourth line, but also sitting Jordan Harris for the first time this season, in favour of the recently recalled Gustav Lindström who was initially brought up in case a minor injury for Harris prevented him from playing. Perhaps Harris could use an extra couple of recovery days after all.

In goal, it will be Samuel Montembeault back in for the first time since his win over the Bruins, a start that puts the rotation on schedule for him to face Boston once more this Saturday. Before that big game, the Canadiens first have to take care of business in a game they should be able to win.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#22 Cole Caufield #28 Christian Dvorak #20 Juraj Slafkovský
#70 Tanner Pearson #91 Sean Monahan #11 Brendan Gallagher
#35 Alex Newhook #14 Nick Suzuki #17 Josh Anderson
#49 Rafaël Harvey-Pinard #71 Jake Evans #56 Jesse Ylönen
Left Defence Right Defence
#21 Kaiden Guhle #26 Johnny Kovacevic
#8 Mike Matheson #52 Justin Barron
#72 Arber Xhekaj #27 Gustav Lindström
Starter Backup
#35 Samuel Montembeault #34 Jake Allen

Injured: Kirby Dach, David Savard, Chris Wideman
Scratched: Jordan Harris, Michael Pezzetta, Cayden Primeau

Calgary Flames projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Adam Ruzicka Elias Lindholm Andrew Mangiapane
Connor Zary Nazem Kadri Martin Pospisil
Jonathan Huberdeau Mikael Backlund Blake Coleman
Yegor Sharangovich Dillon Dube Walker Duehr
Left Defence Right Defence
MacKenzie Weegar Rasmus Andersson
Noah Hanifin Chris Tanev
Nikita Zadorov Nick DeSimone
Starter Backup
Jacob Markstrom Dan Vladar