Game Thead: Habs Get A Visit From Familiar Faces

MONTREAL, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 20: Alexei Yemelin #74 of the Montreal Canadiens checks Tomas Vincour #81 of the Dallas Stars during the NHL pre-season game at the Bell Centre on September 20, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Stars defeated the Canadiens 6-3. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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This is the one and only encounter this season between the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens. The two teams did meet up in the pre-season.

The Stars are struggling to grab the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and have lost five of their last six games. The Boys from "Big D" are 3-5-2 in their last ten games.

Leading the Stars in goals this season, with 23, is Michael Ryder. Remember him? Mike Ribeiro should be another familiar name to Habs fans, and has seven points in his last seven games. One former Canadiens player who will not dress tonight is Sheldon Souray. The Dallas rearguard is out with a foot injury.

Much like the Canadiens did with Hal Gill last week, the Stars sent veteran rearguard Nicklas Grossman to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, in exchange for a second-round pick in 2012 and third-round pick in 2013. As with Gill, Grossman will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Kari Lehtonen is 6-4-1 (2.68, .912) with one shutout in his career vs. Montreal.

Carey Price hasn't had the best of luck against he Stars (2-2-0, 3.26, .876) . Peter Budaj has seen more of them, from his days with the Colorado Avalanche, and is 6-3-4 (2.42, .916) against Dallas.

Tomas Plekanec is a late scratch due to a virus he's dealing with.

MONTREAL CANADIENS PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole

Mathieu Darche - Scott Gomez - Rene Bourque

Aaron Palushaj - Lars Eller - Louis Leblanc

Andrei Kostitsyn - [double shift] - Ryan White

Defensemen

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban

Raphael Diaz - Alexei Emelin

Tomas Kaberle - Chris Campoli

Yannick Weber

Goalies

Carey Price - Peter Budaj

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DALLAS STARS PROJECTED ROSTER

Forwards

Loui Eriksson - Mike Ribeiro - Michael Ryder

Steve Ott - Tom Wandell - Tomas Vincour

Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak

Ryan Garbutt - Jake Dowell - Adam Burish

Defensemen

Alex Goligoski - Stephane Robidas

Philip Larsen - Adam Pardy

Trevor Daley - Mark Fistric

Goalies

Kari Lehtonen - Richard Bachman

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