The Montreal Canadiens will send out a lineup tonight, that could be the same one used on opening night against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 1st.
The Canadiens will be facing the New Jersey Devils tonight in their fifth pre-season game, posting a record of 1-2-1 so far. The roster is beginning to take shape, as only 35 players remain in camp, and all 20 that will be dressed tonight have an excellent chance of sticking around once the regular season begins.
The lineup for tonight’s game is as follows:
Bourque – Plekanec – Prust
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Briere
Galchenyuk – Eller – Gallagher
Moen – Bournival – White
Gorges – Subban
Markov – Diaz
Bouillon – Tinordi
Aside from Gionta missing due to injury, it appears that Canadiens management are trying to take a look at a lineup that could begin the regular season together. Pre-season games do not matter much, but if tonight goes horribly, it would be a bad sign for Montreal.
Another sign to be noted here is that Michael Bournival is getting a very real chance to make his NHL debut next week. He has been the most impressive Canadien thus far in camp, and leads the team in pre-season scoring. Aside from offensive success, Bournival has shown a speedy, smart two way game that could see him force a veteran out of the bottom end of the lineup.
The Canadiens have two more pre-season games this week, when they take part in back to back games against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday and Thursday. The regular season begins in just eight days, when the Habs host the Maple Leafs.