The Montreal Canadiens are right back at it tonight, as they are set to host the Boston Bruins in the second game of their pre-season schedule.
The Habs lost a close one to the Buffalo Sabres last night, falling 5-4 via the shootout. The only player dressing tonight that played against the Sabres will be Jarred Tinordi, so bouncing back quickly should not be a problem.
The Canadiens lineup for tonight’s matchup is:
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Briere
Moen – White – Leblanc
Hudon – Dumont – Thomas
Blunden – Tarnasky – Fournier
Gorges – Subban
Murray – Bouillon
Tinordi – Dietz
Canadiens fans will get their first look at offseason acquisitions Daniel Briere and Doug Murray tonight, as well as Carey Price’s first appearance of the season. Briere will be given the opportunity to show off his offensive skills, and prove he belongs on a top soring line with Pacioretty. Any chemistry the pair can build will be a huge bonus for the Canadiens, as the Eller Galchenyuk, Gallagher trio looked great together last night, and Plekanec will fit best with regular wingers Rene Bourque and Brian Gionta.
A line that I am very interested in seeing play tonight is the Gabriel Dumont, Charles Hudon and Christian Thomas line. Dumont played a handful of games with the Canadiens late last season, and after seeing Michael Bournival shine last night with two goals, will be looking to show he shouldn’t lose his place on the depth chart. Hudon and Thomas are two very skilled wingers, and should be a very exciting trio this evening.
Perhaps the most intriguing matchup tonight is the first Subban vs Subban meeting. P.K.’s little brother Malcolm was a first round draft choice of the Boston Bruins in 2012, and will face his sibling for the first time this evening. Malcolm, a member of the OHL’s Belleville Bulls, will be getting his first taste of NHL action, and big brother P.K. will surely be trying to play the spoiler role, and earn family bragging rights.
The Canadiens go in to tonight’s game with a much more NHL ready blue line, and do not appear to be taking an early pre-season match against the Bruins lightly. The only NHL regular defenseman to suit up last night was Raphael Diaz, but the Canadiens are sending out four defenders with more than 200 NHL games played to face Boston.
The Bruins appear to be dressing a top line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla, but mostly minor leaguers and NHL hopefuls beyond the first trio.
Action gets underway at 7:00 PM Eastern Time, and the game will be televised on TSN 2, RDS and NHL Network.