Jan 6, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais (51) and Florida Panthers defenseman Tom Gilbert (77) battle for the puck during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Poll Result: Which Montreal Canadiens Defender Plays Behind P.K. Subban On Second Pairing?

Our vote to predict the Montreal Canadiens starting lineup on opening night against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 8th is winding down. With all twelve forward spots picked and the top pairing, we made our way to the second defence pairing and picked who will be playing on the right side.

There were several cases to be made but the one that made the most sense won out, and that is Tom Gilbert. Gilbert was signed by the Habs on July 1st, and conventional thinking suggests he was tabbed to play on the second pairing.

Gilbert is a solid puck moving defenceman who will give the Canadiens an option for the second power play and will fit in very well behind Subban.

Our lineup now looks like this:

Pacioretty – Desharnais – Parenteau

Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gallagher

Bourque – Eller – Sekac

Prust – Malhotra – Weise

Markov – Subban

******* – Gilbert

******* – *******

Gilbert was picked by 60 percent of voters to fill the second pairing role, while Alexei Emelin came in second with 21 percent. Young defenders Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi trailed in the voting, with Beaulieu being voted in 15 percent of the time and Tinordi taking just 4 percent of the votes.

Our next poll tomorrow will be used to decide who will line up alongside Gilbert on the second pairing. Not many surprises have come out on the blue line thus far, but it will be interesting to see if Beaulieu or Tinordi can overtake Emelin for a spot in the top four.

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