The Montreal Canadiens will face the Carolina Hurricanes in the second game of back to back pre-season matches tonight at the Bell Center in Montreal.
The Canadiens put on a clinic last night in Quebec City, defeating the Hurricanes 6-0 on the strength of P.K. Subban and Michael Bournival’s offense, and a combined shutout from Peter Budaj and Dustin Tokarski.
The Canadiens lineup tonight will look like this:
Bourque – Plekanec – Briere
Collberg – Eller – Gallagher
Bournival – St. Pierre – McCarron
Blunden – White – Thomas
Markov – Diaz
Tinordi – Nygren
Dietz – Pateryn
Veterans Tomas Plekanec, Rene Bourque and Andrei Markov will be amking their pre-season debut, while Jarred Tinordi will be suiting up once again, making him the only player to dress in all four games thus far.
Michael Bournival is certainly a player to keep an eye on tonight. His blazing speed and determination are forcing the Canadiens management to take a closer look at their lineup and see if they can make rom for the youngster. In two pre-season games in the past week, Bournival has scored 3 goals and added an assist. The Shawinigan native was brought to the Canadiens in a deal that sent Ryan O’Byrne to the Colorado Avalanche in 2010.
This is the fourth of seven pre-season games that the Canadiens will play, and they are 1-1-1 thus far. More important than their record has been the strong play of several youngsters who are likely to begin the season in Hamilton. Bournival and Jarred Tinordi could force their way into the Canadiens opening night lineup, but defensemen Darren Dietz, Mgnus Nygren and Greg Pateryn are beginning to show that the Habs have plenty of depth on their blue line for years to come.