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Canadiens announce 21-man roster and taxi squad

The Habs open the season on Wednesday night against the Maple Leafs in Toronto

by Matt Cudzinowski @canadiensmtl / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - The Canadiens finalized their 21-man roster and taxi squad on Tuesday.

The roster includes 12 forwards - Josh Anderson, Joel Armia, Paul Byron, Phillip Danault, Jonathan Drouin, Jake Evans, Brendan Gallagher, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Artturi Lehkonen, Nick Suzuki, Tomas Tatar and Tyler Toffoli - seven defensemen - Ben Chiarot, Joel Edmundson, Brett Kulak, Victor Mete, Jeff Petry, Alexander Romanov and Shea Weber - and two goaltenders - Carey Price and Jake Allen.

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The taxi squad will consist of five players, including three forwards - Michael Frolik, Corey Perry and Ryan Poehling - one defenseman - Cale Fleury - and goaltender Charlie Lindgren.

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The following 15 players have been assigned to the AHL's Laval Rocket: Brandon Baddock, Alex Belzile, Joseph Blandisi, Laurent Dauphin, Vasili Demchenko, Otto Leskinen, Jacob Lucchini, Kevin Lynch, Michael McNiven, Gustav Olofsson, Xavier Ouellet, Cayden Primeau, Joel Teasdale, Lukas Vejdemo and Jordan Weal.

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The Canadiens open the season on Wednesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm.

The contest will mark the start of a six-game road trip that also includes games in Edmonton (January 16 and 18) and Vancouver (January 20, 21 and 23).

The Canadiens will play their home opener at the Bell Centre on Thursday, January 28 against the Calgary Flames.

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