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Montreal forward Drouin game-time decision; Minnesota has lost three straight

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

WILD (5-7-2) at CANADIENS (7-8-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, FS-N, NHL.TV


The Game

Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin is a game-time decision against the Minnesota Wild at Bell Centre on Thursday.

Drouin took part in an optional morning skate after missing practice Wednesday. He sustained an upper-body injury Tuesday and did not play the third period of the Canadiens' 3-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Wild are playing the second of a back-to-back set following a 4-2 loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Minnesota has lost three straight games and are 1-4-0 in its past five.


Players to watch

Wild forward Jason Zucker scored two goals Wednesday and has three points in two games.

Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren will make his third straight start. He is 2-0-0 with one shutout, a 1.00 goals-against-average and .971 save percentage.


They said it

"If you're discouraged now, then you're in trouble. I think at one point we're going to go on a good run and that'll make up for all this stuff, and we'll look back and we'll be a better team for going through this." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

"We weren't happy with how the game went. Obviously, we were a little embarrassed, especially how it started, and we made a push but it wasn't enough. So tonight, we need to play a full 60 starting from puck drop." -- Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw on losing 6-3 at Minnesota on Nov. 2


Wild projected lineup

Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Chris Stewart

Nino Niederreiter -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund

Daniel Winnik -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Tyler Ennis

Marcus Foligno -- Matt Cullen -- Luke Kunin

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Kyle Quincey -- Mike Reilly

Devan Dubnyk

Niklas Svedberg

Scratched: Gustav Olofsson, Alex Stalock

Injured: Zach Parise (back), Charlie Coyle (right fibula fracture)

Canadiens projected lineup

Alex Galchenyuk -- Jonathan Drouin -- Artturi Lehkonen

Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Paul Byron -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Charles Hudon -- Byron Froese -- Jacob De La Rose

Victor Mete -- Shea Weber

Karl Alzner -- Jeff Petry

Joe Morrow -- Jordie Benn

Charlie Lindgren

Al Montoya

Scratched: Brandon Davidson, Torrey Mitchell

Injured: Carey Price (lower body), Nikita Scherbak (knee), David Schlemko (hand), Ales Hemsky (concussion-like symptoms)


Status report

The Wild did not hold a morning skate. ... Price worked out with goalie coach Stephane Waite for a second straight day.


Stat pack

Staal, who needs one assist for 500 in his NHL career, leads Minnesota with 42 points (21 goals, 21 assists) in 45 games against Montreal, including four points (two goals, two assists) in his past three. … Lindgren, who made his NHL debut on April 7, 2016, is the third Canadiens goalie to go 5-0-0 in his first five games, joining Ken Dryden (6-0-0 in 1970-71) and Wayne Thomas (7-0-0 in 1972-73).

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