Game Thread: Habs Visit Flames sans Cammalleri

MONTREAL CANADA - JANUARY 17: P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens skates with the puck while being chased by Alex Tanguay #40 of the Calgary Flames during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on January 17 2011 in Montreal Quebec Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Flames 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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The Montreal Canadiens embark on their traditional Western Canada Road swing, with the first stop being a visit to the Calgary Flames.

The atmosphere this time around will be a more familiar environment for both teams. The last time the Canadiens visited Calgary was during the Heritage Classic last February, amidst -20 temperatures.

The Flames are three points back of the San Jose Sharks for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and have gone 3-3-4 in their last 10 games.

Mike Cammalleri won't get a chance to face his former team however. The Flames center (yes, he's playing center now) is listed with an upper body injury.

Cammalleri's injury is in addition to the Flames' already hurting roster, who had recently thought to be turning the page on injuries with Curtis Glencross and David Moss returning to the lineup. Forwards Blake Comeau, Lance Bouma, Mikael Backlund, Blair Jones and Lee Stempniak, as well as defenseman Chris Butler, are among the injured list in Calgary.

To fill the void, the Flames called up an entire line from the Abbotsford Heat. Greg Nemisz, Krys Kolanos and Guillaume Desbiens are expected to be the fourth line tonight.

Miikka Kiprusoff blanked the Habs at the Heritage Classic, and allowed just a single goal against Montreal in their only other meeting this season.

Andreas Engqvist was called back up from the Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday, indicating that Aaron Palushaj and/or Scott Gomez will not be ready for tonight's game. Raphael Diaz remains out with an injury.

MONTREAL CANADIENS PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole

Rene Bourque - Lars Eller - Louis Leblanc

Blake Geoffrion - Tomas Plekanec - Ryan White

Andreas Engqvist - Petteri Nokelainen - Brad Staubitz

Defensemen

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin - Yannick Weber

Tomas Kaberle - Chris Campoli

Goalies

Carey Price - Peter Budaj

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CALGARY FLAMES PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Alex Tanguay - Olli Jokinen - Jarome Iginla

Curtis Glencross - Matt Stajan - David Moss

Tom Kostopolous - Roman Horak - Tim Jackman

Guillaume Desbiens - Krys Kolanos - Greg Nemisz

Defensemen

Mark Giordano - Scott Hannan

Derek Smith - Jay Bouwmeester

Cory Sarich - T.J. Brodie

Goalies

Miikka Kiprusoff - Leland Irving

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