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

Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Game 9: Montreal Canadiens @ Vegas Golden Knights

How to watch

Start time: **10:00 PM EDT / 7:00 PM PDT**
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Golden Knights region: Scripps
Streaming: ESPN+, RDS, TSN+

We won’t be watching a battle of two goaltenders with .930 save percentages. It’s not Jake Allen and Logan Thompson getting the starts, but Samuel Montembeault for the Montreal Canadiens and Adin Hill for the Vegas Golden Knights. With that matchup, the edge goes to Vegas in goal as Hill has outperformed Montembeault in the early going as the Habs netminder is still trying to find last year’s form.

It seems that Mike Matheson is going to able to go tonight as he took up his spot on the top pairing at practice, but remains a game-time decision for this one. His lower-body injury was said to be a minor one, and hopefully not something that will get aggravated by playing in this contest.

The Canadiens will need to avoid the slow starts that have plagued the team in recent games, forcing them to climb out of holes to earn hard-fought wins. The Golden Knights aren’t the type of team to let you recover from such a deficit, so the Habs will need to be ready for the fight from the opening faceoff.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#22 Cole Caufield #14 Nick Suzuki #49 Rafaël Harvey-Pinard
#20 Juraj Slafkovský #35 Alex Newhook #17 Josh Anderson
#70 Tanner Pearson #91 Sean Monahan #11 Brendan Gallagher
#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 #34 Jake Allen

Injured: Kirby Dach, Christian Dvorak, David Savard, Chris Wideman
Scratched: Gustav Lindström, Cayden Primeau, Jesse Ylönen

Vegas Golden Knights projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Ivan Barbashev Jack Eichel Jonathan Marchessault
Paul Cotter Chandler Stephenson Mark Stone
Pavel Dorofeyev William Karlsson Michael Amadio
Will Carrier Brett Howden Keegan Kolesar
Left Defence Right Defence
Alex Martinez Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb Shea Theodore
Nicolas Hague Kaedan Korczak
Starter Backup
Adin Hill Logan Thompson