Habs lineup news: Charles Hudon in for Andrew Shaw; Karl Alzner takes place of injured Noah Juulsen

A few notes from the Canadiens optional skate on Saturday morning.

Charles Hudon had been out of the lineup for three games, being the odd man out once Nicolas Deslauriers was healthy enough to return following surgery to repair a facial fracture. On Saturday night, it seems Hudon will finally be getting back in.

Shaw has amassed 16 penalty minutes through just seven games in the early part of the season, and perhaps that is the main reason for the decision. It may have been similar perceived issues with Hudon’s penalty-taking that had him scratched from the lineup initially, even though he has just three minors from the six games he has dressed for.

Of the three forwards mentioned above, Hudon leads them all in scoring, with three points (2G, 1A) in six games. Shaw has one goal and one assist in seven contests, while Deslauriers is yet to find the offensive success he enjoyed last season.

On defence, Noah Juulsen is out with an upper-body injury, so Karl Alzner will be back into the lineup in his place. A mistimed hit from Juulsen on Thursday night led to his first five-on-five goal against of the season. He still has a +9 goal differential at full strength, by far the best mark on the team, so hopefully his absence is a short one.

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