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

Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Game 7: Montreal Canadiens vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Blue Jackets region: Bally Sports Ohio
Streaming: RDS, TSN

Despite Cayden Primeau’s best efforts, the Canadiens couldn’t win a third game in a row on Tuesday, losing rather convincingly to the New Jersey Devils. Tonight, it’s Samuel Montembeault’s turn to take the crease in the three-goalie rotation, getting his first action since October 17.

The goaltender should be facing fewer chances than Primeau did earlier this week, and hopefully have an easier time than he did in his last start versus the Minnesota Wild. The Blue Jackets aren’t at the level of those teams, but unlike the past few seasons, they’re no pushover either.

It could come down to goaltending to decide this one between a Columbus team lead from the blue line and a Canadiens team that has better depth among the forward lines. One team will hold a 4-2-1 record at the end of the evening, and get to claim at least temporary status as one of the most surprising teams of the opening two weeks of action.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#22 Cole Caufield #14 Nick Suzuki #17 Josh Anderson
#49 Rafaël Harvey-Pinard #35 Alex Newhook #20 Juraj Slafkovský
#70 Tanner Pearson #91 Sean Monahan #11 Brendan Gallagher
#55 Michael Pezzetta #71 Jake Evans #56 Jesse Ylönen
Left Defence Right Defence
#8 Mike Matheson #52 Justin Barron
$54 Jordan Harris #26 Johnny Kovacevic
#72 Arber Xhekaj #27 Gustav Lindström
Starter Backup
#35 Samuel Montembeault #34 Jake Allen

Injured: Kirby Dach, Christian Dvorak, Kaiden Guhle, David Savard, Chris Wideman
Scratched: Joel Armia, Cayden Primeau

Columbus Blue Jackets projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Boone Jenner Jack Roslovic
Alexandre Texier Adam Fantilli Emil Bemstrom
Kirill Marchenko Cole Sillinger Justin Danforth
Dmitri Voronkov Sean Kuraly Mathieu Olivier
Left Defence Right Defence
Zach Werenski Damon Severson
Ivan Provorov David Jiricek
Jake Bean Erik Gudbranson
Starter Backup
Elvis Merzlikins Spencer Martin