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

Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Game 1: Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
Streaming: ESPN+, Sportsnet Now

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The 2023-24 season begins for all seven Canadian teams on Wednesday night, and the Canadiens and Maple Leafs are first up as the feature matchup.

The Canadiens don’t look a whole lot different from the team that finished 28th a season ago, but they did have a much stronger finish compared to a woeful start, and bring the majority of their players back after a long off-season to work on their weaknesses. The young defence corps having a full season of NHL experience under its belt should set the players up for better results.

Toronto has seen quite a bit of turnover from last year’s squad, spending the summer adding more grit to the formation in the forms of Ryan Reaves, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Max Domi, but also adding John Klingberg on the back end to provide even more of an offensive punch.

The two clubs recently met in one of the final pre-season games with close to their full lineups on the ice, a game the Canadiens came back to win in overtime, The score is always close between these two sides when they get together, and even though expectations are very different for the two teams this season, tonight’s game should be no different.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#22 Cole Caufield #14 Nick Suzuki #17 Josh Anderson
#35 Alex Newhook #77 Kirby Dach #20 Juraj Slafkovský
#70 Tanner Pearson #91 Sean Monahan #11 Brendan Gallagher
#49 Rafaël Harvey-Pinard #71 Jake Evans #56 Jesse Ylönen
Left Defence Right Defence
#8 Mike Matheson #58 David Savard
#21 Kaiden Guhle #26 Johnny Kovacevic
#72 Arber Xhekaj $54 Jordan Harris
Starter Backup
#34 Jake Allen #35 Samuel Montembeault

Scratched: Michael Pezzetta, Justin Barron, Cayden Primeau
Injured: Christian Dvorak, Chris Wideman

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tyler Bertuzzi Auston Matthews Mitch Marner
Max Domi John Tavares William Nylander
Matthew Knies Fraser Minten Calle Jarnkrok
Noah Gregor David Kampf Ryan Reaves
Left Defence Right Defence
Morgan Rielly T.J. Brodie
Jake McCabe John Klingberg
Mark Giordano Timothy Liljegren
Starter Backup
Ilya Samsonov Joseph Woll