Canadiens vs. Red Wings game thread, rosters, lines and how to watch

The Canadiens look for their second straight victory.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings

How to watch

Puck drop: 7:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Red Wings region: FS-D

Elsewhere: NHL Live

The Canadiens seem to be one of the most perplexing teams in the NHL in this early season so far. Despite expectations being low this season, they’ve excelled in almost every aspect so far this season. Losses against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings have been offset by two fantastic performances against the Pittsburgh Penguins, which is no slouch of a team.

Now, they get to ride their momentum against an Atlantic opponent who has yet to record a win this season, having lost all five of their previous match ups. The Detroit Red Wings have seen their core turn in a very different direction than years past. Henrik Zetterberg is no longer part of the active roster following a back injury that forced him to retire. Petr Mrazek was moved to the Carolina Hurricanes in the off-season, and the youth movement has begun to take shape in Mo-Town, as Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha lead the rebuild.

Tonight for the Canadiens, the opportunity to take advantage of a struggling team is one they will benefit from taking two points, especially later on in the season when the playoff race becomes more pronounced.

It will be a special night for one Hab in particular, as Tomas Plekanec draws into his 1000th NHL game.

Antti Niemi will start his second game in a row, as Carey Price will be back on the bench following a flu that kept him out of the previous game. This shouldn’t be much concern for the team however, as Niemi was very good in the game against the Penguins. Price will get another night to recover ahead of match ups against the St. Louis Blues and the Ottawa Senators later in the week.

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Tomas TatarPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher
Paul ByronJesperi KotkaniemiJoel Armia
Jonathan DrouinMax DomiArtturi Lehkonen
Charles HudonTomas PlekanecMatthew Peca


Left DefenceRight Defence
Victor MeteJeff Petry
Mikey ReillyNoah Juulsen
Xavier OuelletJordie Benn


Antti Niemi
Carey Price

Detroit Red Wings Projected Lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Gustav NyquistDylan LarkinAnthony Mantha
Tyler BertuzziAndreas AnthanasiouThomas Vanek
Justin AbdelkaderFrans NielsenMartin Frk
Darren HelmChristoffer EhnLuke Glendening


Left DefenceRight Defence
Dennis CholowskiLibor Sulak
Joe HickettsFilip Hronek
Niklas KronwallNick Jensen


Jimmy Howard
Jonathan Bernier

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