Apr 11, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens right wing Brian Gionta (21) and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (40) celebrate a goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the game at the First Niagara Center. Canadiens beat the Sabres 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens Top Prospect Nathan Beaulieu To Make Pre-Season Debut Tonight Against Ottawa Senators

The Montreal Canadiens will finish off their lengthy pre-season schedule with back to back games against the Ottawa Senators over the next two nights.

After defeating the New Jersey Devils on Monday night with a veteran laden lineup, it appears the Canadiens will be going back to a more prospect heavy roster tonight, as many players will be given their last chance to prove themselves before final cuts are made.

The lines during the morning skate, and likely for tonight’s matchup are as follows:

Galchenyuk – Eller – Gallagher

Moen – Bournival – White

Blunden – Dumont – Tarnasky

Holland – St. Pierre – Thomas

Diaz – Nygren

Tinordi – Dietz

Beaulieu – Pateryn

Peter Budaj will be given the start in goal in Ottawa tonight, and Carey Price will be between the pipes tomorrow night at home.

Nathan Beaulieu, who suffered a shoulder injury on the first day of training camp, will make his pre-season debut tonight. Expectations were high for the 2011 first round draft pick entering the pre-season, but it seems unlikely he will have a chance of cracking the opening night roster after missing a significant portion of camp.

With plenty of veterans returning on the Habs blue line, and fellow first rounder Jarred Tinordi showing he deserves a spot in the lineup, Beaulieu will be near the top of the list of recalls, if he can bring his A game to the Hamilton Bulldogs early in the season.

Tomorrow night’s game will be the final exhibition contest before the regular season gets underway, and Canadiens management plans on using an NHL lineup tomorrow night. That being said, expect several cuts to be made either following tonight’s game, or tomorrow morning, which will leave Montreal with the 23 man roster they will use to begin the regular season.

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