The good news is that the Habs were good last night, the bad news is that they weren't lucky. Brandon Saad scored in the final minute of last night's game to give Chicago a 4-3 win. The Habs are now 1-4-1 in their last six games. Adding injury to insult, the Habs lost the services of Lars Eller. I won't go as far as to say Lars Eller is irreplaceable, but it's going to be a difficult task finding a way to juggle assignments without some significant dropoff with the third line.
Sven Andrighetto has been called up from Hamilton. The Swiss forward can play both right wing and centre and his sliding into Eller's spot on the third line would cause the least amount of line juggling. His NHL debut has been confirmed for tonight. I doubt that the team thrusts him into Eller's role without so much as a practice and it's more likely that Galchenyuk takes Eller's spot at centre. This would cause ripples and could see Sekac moving up on the wing, Prust seeing third line duty, and Andrighetto seeing fourth line time. The Canadiens have some options and I'll update as information becomes available. Update: Andrighetto will be used at the team's 3rd line centre. Puzzling, but true according to TVA Sports.
Disappointing forward Ales Hemsky is on the bubble, looks like he will be a healthy scratch despite taking part in line rushes. His spot will be taken by Curtis McKenzie and it appears that he will skate alongside Spezza on the Stars' second line. Travis Moen takes to the ice against the Habs for only the fourth time ever and his first time as a Star. The last time Moen played against the Habs was six years ago as a Duck. Note: He scored the game winning goal that night in 2008.
Kari Lehtonen starts for the Stars and
Dustin Tokarski is expected to start for the Habs. Carey Price will get the start for the Habs.
Puck drop is at 7:00 PM ET (8:30 PM in Newfoundland)
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|Max Pacioretty||David Desharnais||Dale Weise|
|Alex Galchenyuk||Tomas Plekanec||Brendan Gallagher|
|Jiri Sekac||Sven Andrighetto||P.A. Parenteau|
|Brandon Prust||Manny Malhotra||Eric Tangradi|
Injured: Lars Eller
Scratched: Bryan Allen, Drayson Bowman
As for the Dallas Stars, here's who they're lining up
|Jamie Benn||Tyler Seguin||Colton Sceviour|
|Erik Cole||Jason Spezza||Curtis McKenzie
|Antoine Roussel||Cody Eakin||Ryan Garbutt|
|Shawn Horcoff||Vernon Fiddler||Travis Moen|
|Jordie Benn||Jason Demers|
|Jamie Oleksiak||John Klingberg|
Injured: Patrik Nemeth, Valeri Nichushkin, Patrick Eaves
Scratched: Jyrki Jokipakka, Ales Hemsky
Check out the opposing side at Defending Big D