The Montreal Canadiens (0-0-0) host the New Jersey Devils (0-0-0) on Monday night at the Bell Centre. The puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.
It will be the first game of the preseason schedule for the Canadiens, who are fresh off a week-long series of intrasquad scrimmages.
The top line will once again feature Juraj Slafkovsky playing alongside Alex Newhook and Josh Anderson. The second line will give prospect Jesse Ylonen, who flew under the radar last season, an opportunity to produce in a situation conducive to scoring. Ylonen is expected to play with Joshua Roy and Owen Beck, both of whom have fantastic situational awareness, both defensively and offensively.
On the blueline, first-round pick David Reinbacher will play with Kaiden Guhle on the Canadiens’ top pair, whereas Logan Mailloux will play with cerebral defenceman Jordan Harris.
Samuel Montembeault will be given the start for the Habs, backed up by former Ohio State goaltender Jakub Dobes.
New Jersey Devils Lineup
As for their opponents, it should be noted that the Devils are also facing the Flyers tonight, which means they’ll be using split squads.
Goaltender Akira Schmid will be guarding the net for New Jersey.
Check out New Jersey Hockey Now for the latest information regarding the potential Devils lineup.
— James Nichols (@JamesNicholsNHL) September 25, 2023
Montreal Canadiens Injuries
- Carey Price
New Jersey Devils injuries
Montreal Canadiens Projected Lines
|Alex Newhook||Nick Suzuki||Brendan Gallagher|
|Cole Caufield||Christian Dvorak||Juraj Slafkovsky|
|Josh Anderson||Sean Monahan||Tanner Pearson|
|Joel Armia||Jake Evans||Jesse Ylonen|
|Mike Matheson||Justin Barron|
|Kaiden Guhle||Gustav Lindstrom|
|Jayden Struble||Johnathan Kovacevic|
New Jersey Devils Expected Roster
Akira Schmid, Keith Kinkaid
Graeme Clarke, Kyle Criscuolo, Justin Dowling, Nolan Foote, Joseph Gambardella, Jack Hughes, Curtis Lazar, Dawson Mercer, Tomas Nosek, Chris Tierney, Tyler Toffoli, Max Willman
John Marino, Colin Miller, Simon Nemec, Jonas Siegenthaler, Topias Vieln, Michael Vukojevic
Luke Hughes, Tyler Wotherspoon, Tyler Brennan, Nathan Bastian
- The Devils finished the 2022-23 season with the third-most points in the Eastern Conference (112 points).
- The Canadiens, on the other hand, only earned 68 points, good for last place in the Atlantic Division.