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Canadiens vs Blackhawks game thread

Gorges returns to the lineup as the Habs blow into Chicago, Price, Markov, and Emelin to rest.

Richard Wolowicz

The good news is that Josh Gorges is back and the Blackhawks are without the services of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Oh and Douglas Murray is still suspended (this is the last game), so that finally Nathan Beaulieu finds his way into the Canadiens lineup. The bad news is that Carey Price, Alexei Emelin, and Andrei Markov are all staying back in Montreal. But that's not really bad news because Therrien's just resting those three players as a preventative measure heading into the playoffs. So really this is just good news all around for the Habs.

Sorry to get all Pollyanna there for a bit. It's just an exciting time for Habs fans. The offense is clicking, players are coming back from injury, and the Habs are getting contributions from a variety of players - including Rene Bourque (who played pretty well after spending a couple of games in Therrien's doghouse), Michael Bournival, and Lars Eller. An additional gift is that the playoffs are Leafs-free.

It's nice to be at a point in the season as a fan where you're not worrying about making the playoffs and you can wonder whether Max Pacioretty will score his 40th (he will) or Daniel Briere will score his 300th (he won't, but he'll score six goals in the playoffs).

And hey how about former Habs great, Trevor Linden being named the president of the Vancouver Canucks?

Tale of the tape


Puck drop is at 7:30 PM EST
Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Thomas Vanek
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Rene Bourque Lars Eller Brian Gionta
Michael Bournival Danny Briere Ryan White
Left Defense
Right Defense
Josh Gorges P.K. Subban
Jarred Tinordi Mike Weaver
Francis Bouillon Nathan Beaulieu
Peter Budaj
Dustin Tokarski

Scratches: Douglas Murray (suspension - last game of a three game suspension), George Parros, Alexei Emelin, Carey Price, Andrei Markov

Injuries: Brandon Prust (upper body, out for the remainder of the season), Dale Weise (tendon), Travis Moen (concussion).

As for Chicago

Chicago Blackhawks Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Patrick Sharp Andrew Shaw Marian Hossa
Kris Versteeg Michal Handzus Brandon Saad
Bryan Bickell Ben Smith Jeremy Morin
Brandon Bollig Marcus Kruger Joakim Nordstrom
Left Defense
Right Defense
Duncan Keith Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy Sheldon Brookbank
Corey Crawford
Antti Raanta

Scratches: Teuvo Teravainen, Peter Regin, Matt Carey

Injuries: Nikolai Khabibulin (Lower body injury), Jonathan Toews (Upper body injury day-to-day), Patrick Kane (Left leg injury)

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