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Canadiens @ Blues: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Game 11: Montreal Canadiens @ St. Louis Blues

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CITY-TV (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the Blues region: Bally Sports Midwest
Streaming: ESPN+

Starting out with an excellent game versus the Vegas Golden Knights, the Canadiens followed it up with a poor performance in Arizona three days later. Now they’ll have to get their only win of the excursion in St. Louis when they take on the Blues.

On paper, St. Louis is the easiest opponent of the three on this trip, sitting at a .500 record. The Blues are tied for the second-worst scoring total so far this season with just 19 goals. Last night’s match versus the New Jersey Devils was best summed up by a play to Brandon Saad who accepted a pass with an open net and managed to send the puck out the opposite side of the crease. Defensively, they’re equal with the Canadiens, so the advantage has to be to Montreal in this one.

Montreal is dealing with an injury to Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, which has necessitated a lineup shuffle. As the sliding puzzle pieces move around the board, Christian Dvorak gets placed into the centre of it, eligible to come off Injured Reserve and play his first game of the season. With that move, Alex Newhook will play on the wing where he finished last game. At the very least, it will give the third line a new look as Martin St-Louis attempts to get the most of his full forward lineup.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#22 Cole Caufield #14 Nick Suzuki #20 Juraj Slafkovský
#70 Tanner Pearson #91 Sean Monahan #11 Brendan Gallagher
#17 Josh Anderson #28 Christian Dvorak #35 Alex Newhook
#55 Michael Pezzetta #71 Jake Evans #40 Joel Armia
Left Defence Right Defence
#8 Mike Matheson #26 Johnny Kovacevic
#21 Kaiden Guhle #52 Justin Barron
#72 Arber Xhekaj $54 Jordan Harris
Starter Backup
#35 Samuel Montembeault #30 Cayden Primeau

Injured: Kirby Dach, Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, David Savard, Chris Wideman
Scratched: Jake Allen, Jesse Ylönen

St. Louis Blues projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Pavel Buchnevic Robert Thomas Kasperi Kapanen
Brandon Saad Brayden Schenn Jordan Kyrou
Alexei Toropchenko Kevin Hayes Jakub Vrana
Sammy Blais Oskar Sundqvist Jake Neighbours
Left Defence Right Defence
Nick Leddy Colton Parayko
Torey Krug Justin Faulk
Marco Scandella Robert Bortuzzo
Starter Backup
Joel Hofer Jordan Binnington

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