Montreal will sit Markov and Emelin tonight, so Nathan Beaulieu returns to the lineup for the first time since pre-Olympic break.
For the first time in their NHL careers, both Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi will be in the Canadiens lineup together. Both have played more than 20 career NHL games, but never have both played in the same game.
Josh Gorges returns to the lineup after missing a month with a broken hand and will draw in next to Subban and likely see a lot of minutes right away with the Russian defenders staying home.
The Habs forwards will stay the same as they have been of late, meaning the trio of Pacioretty, Desharnais and Vanek will look to extend their recent hot streak.
Peter Budaj gets the start in goal, and he has been great this season when used sparingly.
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