Canadiens vs. Panthers Game Thread, roster, lines, and how to watch

With 13 games left on the schedule, the Habs are still trying to salvage what they can from a shipwrecked season.

The Habs have 0.6 percent chance of making the playoffs now. With the season winding down, the focus has shifted to evaluating individual talent, with a lineup full of youth and role players like Mike Brown who is continuing to find himself in the lineup since coming over from the San Jose Sharks on a waiver pick-up.

With the season clearly lost, and the focus on the future, Habs fans can still tune in to watch Alex Galchenyuk reach for the thirty-goal plateau, a realistic target given he is five goals off reaching that milestone for the first time in his career. Alongside him, Max Pacioretty will be driving offense as well, in search of the thirty-goal mark for the fourth time in his career, and third year in a row, if he can get six more in the thirteen remaining games.

The Panthers are in a three-team fight for top spot in the Atlantic Division with the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Panthers and Lightning are tied with 85 points each with 69 games played, while the Bruins sit one point up with 70 games played. The Panthers played in Brooklyn last night, losing 3-2 in a come from behind loss where the Panthers gave up three goals in the third period, including one in the final two minutes to lose the game.

Lineup notes: P.K. Subban is still not ready to come back, remaining day-to-day with a neck injru; Lars Eller will remain out still battling an illness; Stefan Matteau returns to the lineup after missing one game due to a lower body injury; Charles Hudon was sent back to St. John's, while Darren Deitz remains in the lineup in place of Nathan Beaulieu who will not play tonight, but will probably suit up tomorrow; Mike Condon gets the start between the pipes.

The puck drops at 7:30 PM EST.

How To Watch:

In Canada (French): RDS
In Canada (English): Sportsnet
In the Panther's Region: FS-F
Elsewhere:  NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice, NHL.TV

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Alex Galchenyuk Sven Andrighetto
Paul Byron Tomas Plekanec Torrey Mitchell
Stefan Matteau Michael McCarron Lucas Lessio
Jacob de la Rose Philip Danault Mike Brown
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov Mark Barberio
Alexei Emelin Greg Pateryn
Victor Bartley

Darren Deitz

Mike Condon
Ben Scrivens

Scratched: None
Injuries: Carey Price (lower body), Daniel Carr (lower body), Jeff Petry (lower body), Brian Flynn (lower body), David Desharnais (broken foot), Tom Gilbert (lower body), Nathan Beaulieu (lower body), Brendan Gallagher (lower body), P.K. Subban (neck), Lars Eller (illness)

Florida Panthers Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Jonathan Huberdeau Aleksander Barkov Jaromir Jagr
Jussi Jokinen Vincent Torcheck Reilly Smith
Quinton Howden Nick Bjugstad Jiri Hudler
Garrett Wilson Logan Shaw Shawn Thornton
Left Defense
Right Defense
Aaron Ekblad Dmitry Kulikov
Eric Gudbranson Brian Campbell
Jakub Kindl Alex Petrovic
Al Montoya
Roberto Luongo

Scratched: Steven Kampfer
Injuries: Teddy Purcell (groin), Derek MacKenzie (foot), Willie Mithcell (upper body), Dave Bolland (lower body)

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