The Montreal Canadiens have announced earlier today that Brian Gionta will be heading back to Montreal for “family reasons”. For the privacy of the Captain’s family we will not get into what exactly the reasons are for his return back to Montreal, although the Habs are calling it an “emergency”.
There is a slight chance that Gionta will return to the Habs lineup for tomorrow nights game in Vancouver but as Dave Stubbs states,
…it makes more sense that he rejoin team in Winnipeg Tues than scrambling cross-continent back here.
With that in mind it looks like Ryan White will suit up on the 4th line wing with Michael Bournival and Travis Moen, while Brandon Prust will likely jump up to the third line with David Desharnais and Rene Bourque.