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Game Thread: Habs look to claw up the East vs Panthers

Sitting dead last in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, the Montreal Canadiens hope to start climbing back up the standings at the hands of the Florida Panthers.

Both clubs made deals over the weekend, with the Panthers sending David Booth to the Vancouver Canucks for Marco Strum and Mikael Samuelsson.

Sturm will be in the lineup tonight against Montreal, while Samuelsson remains in Vancouver to nurse a minor injury.

Jacob Markstrom left the ice first at this morning’s skate, but head coach Kevin Dineen did not give a verbal confirmation whether he or Jose Theodore would get the nod.

The Canadiens latest acquisition, Petteri Nokelainen will be on the ice tonight. The finnish center will wear number 15, centering Michael Blunden and Mathieu Darche.

Jaroslav Spacek is also expected to play tonight, which means Alexei Emelin will sit out.

Peter Budaj makes his Canadiens debut between the pipes.



Mike CammalleriTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta

Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisErik Cole

Travis MoenLars EllerAndrei Kostitsyn

Mathieu Darche – Petteri Nokelainen – Michael Blunden

Defense Pairings

Josh GorgesP.K. Subban

Hal GillRaphael Diaz

Jaroslav Spacek – Yannick Weber


Peter Budaj – Carey Price



Tomas FleischmannStephen WeissKris Versteeg

Tomas KopeckyMarcel GocScottie Upshall

Shawn MatthiasTim Kennedy Matt Bradley

Marco SturmMike SantorelliJack Skille

Defense Pairings

Brian CampbellJason Garrison

Ed JovanovskiErik Gudbranson

Dmitry KulikovMike Weaver


Jacob Markstrom – Jose Theodore

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