Liveblog: No Caufield (yet), but Chiarot back for Habs vs. Flames

Ben Chiarot is making his return to the lineup after missing 13 games.

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Before we get into the lineup changes for Friday night’s tilt between the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre, no, you’re not mistaken: we’ve got a 6 p.m. start time (TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM). Caught me off-guard, too.

Now for what’s new: Defenceman Ben Chiarot is back after missing 15 games with a hand injury.

Canadiens’ Ben Chiarot returns to lineup and is still willing to fight

Also, top prospect Cole Caufield was called up to the taxi squad. His entry into the lineup seems like an inevitability at this point, although it will take some deft cap maneuvering to make it happen.

Canadiens Game Day: Habs call up Cole Caufield from Laval Rocket

Jake Allen will get his sixth consecutive start in goal, as Carey Price remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Deadline defensive acquisitions Erik Gustafsson and Jon Merrill are in mandatory quarantine and will join the team next week.

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