Pregame: Montreal at Ottawa

The preseason hasn’t been exact;y thrilling for Habs fans thus far. With two straight loses to Dallas and Buffalo respectively the Habs’ pre-season record is now at 0-2. Montreal is back at it tonight when they take on the cellar dwellers, Ottawa.

Before I include the pregame post from, I’ll share my thoughts from the game on Wednesday.

I was very happy to see that Max Pacioretty had made a full recovery as he suited up for the first time since that devastating hit. He was one the best Montreal forwards on the ice Wednesday night, he registered a team high 6 shots and 3 hits. He had some very good chances to score, but couldn’t get that puck to hit twine. Another good debut from the Habs belonged to forward, Brendan Gallagher. He received high praise all throughout camp and showed why 2 nights ago. In goal Montreal had Budaj and Moyer. I thought Budaj looked very good, very focused in net. Moyer was also decent. 1 goal was allowed by each goalie.

Now here’s the pregame/lineup for tonight.

After a day off on Thursday, the Canadiens head to Ottawa for their first road trip of the preseason to take on the Senators.

Carey Price and Nathan Lawson will share the load between the pipes in the nation’s capital after splitting the team’s first preseason game against the Stars on Tuesday night. A familiar face will be awaiting Price at the other end of the ice at Scotiabank Place, as former creasemate Alex Auld will see time in the Senators net after signing in Ottawa this summer.

Scott Gomez will return to action after missing the first two games of the preseason with a lower body injury. He will be joined by fellow veterans Hal GillMathieu DarcheMax PaciorettyAndrei KostitsynYannick WeberP.K. Subban and Erik Cole.

Brendan Gallagher will look to build on his strong performance in Wednesday night’s game against the Sabres when he notched his first point of the preseason, assisting on Subban’s second-period goal. After combining for 11 hits in Tuesday’s opening tilt, Michael Blunden and Alexei Yemelin will once again be looking to bring some sandpaper to the lineup on Friday night.

Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza headline a list of veterans who will face off against Montreal, both of whom will be getting their first starts of the preseason on Friday night.

Canadiens lineupvs. Ottawa

31    PRICE, Carey    G
35    LAWSON, Nathan    G

11    GOMEZ, Scott    C
24    HENRY, Alex    D
36    AVTSIN, Alexander    RW
37    DUMONT, Gabriel    C
42    TINORDI, Jarred    D
45    BLUNDEN, Michael    RW
46    KOSTITSYN, Andrei    RW
48    DESIMONE, Philip    C
52    DARCHE, Mathieu      LW
59    TROTTER, Brock    C
61    DIAZ, Raphael    D
63    ENGQVIST, Andreas    C
67    PACIORETTY, Max      LW
68    WEBER, Yannick    D
72    COLE, Erik     RW
73    GALLAGHER, Brendan     RW
74    YEMELIN, Alexei    D
75    GILL, Hal    D
76    SUBBAN, P.K.    D

I tried my best to live tweet each of the last two games, but don’t expect to see that again tonight. I end up missing so much of the game trying to figure out who’s who, what the call is for, etc, etc. So maybe if I learn how to speak some french I’ll start back up again. Of course, if there are Habs fans out there who don’t get RDS and need me to live tweet so they can know what’s going on. I’d be more than happy to do it. If what I said applies to you, just tweet me @JScaresHabs and I’ll continue live tweeting.

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