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)
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.
Tomas Plekanec is a late scratch due to a virus he's dealing with.
MONTREAL CANADIENS PROJECTED LINEUP
Carey Price - Peter Budaj
DALLAS STARS PROJECTED ROSTER
Loui Eriksson - Mike Ribeiro - Michael Ryder
Kari Lehtonen - Richard Bachman
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