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Number 1. Michael Bournival is back. First game of the season and the speedy forward lines up on the left side with Brandon Prust and Manny Malhotra. 4th line - not the best of assignments, but I'll take it if it means dressing Michael Bournival.
Number 2. Still no Sekac. Will a KHL team with deep pockets acquiring his rights change his status in Montreal? A story worth following.
Number 3. I used to love NBA JAM in university ("He's heating up!" "He's on fire!"). I loved the idea of it boiling down to a team's two best players. That's why I love the idea of this game being Kane and Toews vs Markov and Subban. Of course it won't boil down to that and it'll probably be Marcus Kruger and Rene Bourque who do all the scoring, but whatever.
A few changes to the lines - Galchenyuk is back on Plek's wing and Gallagher skates on the other wing. Lars Eller moves between Bourque and Parenteau giving us the BEeP! line. Bournival draws in, and Emelin slides down to skate with Tom Gilbert.
See you in the comments!
Puck drop is at 7:30 PM ET
In the Habs Region (English): Sportsnet East
In the Habs Region (French): RDS
In Chicago: CSN Chicago
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live
|Max Pacioretty||David Desharnais||Dale Weise|
|Alex Galchenyuk||Tomas Plekanec||Brendan Gallagher|
|Rene Bourque||Lars Eller||PA Parenteau|
|Michael Bournival||Manny Malhotra||Brandon Prust|
|Nathan Beaulieu||Mike Weaver|
Scratched: Jiri Sekac, Travis Moen, Jarred Tinordi
As for the Chicago Blackhawks, here's how they're shaping up
|Ben Smith||Jonathan Toews||Patrick Kane|
|Patrick Sharp||Andrew Shaw||Marian Hossa|
|Brandon Saad||Brad Richards||Jeremy Morin|
|Bryan Bickell||Marcus Kruger||Kris Versteeg|
|Duncan Keith||Brent Seabrook|
|Niklas Hjalmarsson||Johnny Oduya|
|Trevor Van Riemsdyk||David Rundblad|
Scratched: Michal Rozsival
Injured: Daniel Carcillo (knee)
Check out the opposing side at Second City Hockey