The Anaheim Ducks
likely will have a slightly different look from the team that lost 4-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs
when they face the Montreal Canadiens
Right wing Devante Smith-Pelly appears as though he will make his season debut in the place of Kyle Palmieri, who would be a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Smith-Pelly was called up Tuesday from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, where he had two goals in six games.
Palmieri has one goal and one assist in eight games for the Ducks, but played three shifts in the third period of the Ducks' game Tuesday in Toronto.
Also expected to draw back into the Ducks lineup is defenseman Mark Fistric, in place of Ben Lovejoy. Fistric has been scratched seven straight games, but Lovejoy played a season-low 12:35 Tuesday and was limited to four shifts in the third.
With Viktor Fasth out with a lower-body injury, Jonas Hiller gets the start in goal for the Ducks, while Carey Price will start for the ninth time in 10 games for Montreal.
The Canadiens are not expected to make any lineup changes from their 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.
With both teams holding optional skates Thursday morning, here is what the lineups could look like Thursday:
Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Jakob Silfverberg - Mathieu Perreault - Teemu Selanne
Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Daniel Winnik
Emerson Etem - Nick Bonino - Devante Smith-Pelly
Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler - Mark Fistric
Bryan Allen - Sami Vatanen
Scratched: Kyle Palmieri, Ben Lovejoy
Injured: Dustin Penner (head), Viktor Fasth (lower body), Matt Beleskey (thumb), Luca Sbisa (ankle), Sheldon Souray (wrist)
Alex Galchenyuk - Lars Eller - Brendan Gallagher
Michael Bournival - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta
Rene Bourque - David Desharnais - Travis Moen
Mike Blunden - Ryan White - Patrick Holland
Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban
Josh Gorges - Raphael Diaz
Nathan Beaulieu - Francis Bouillon
Scratched: Greg Pateryn
Injured: Daniel Briere (concussion), Brandon Prust (shoulder), Max Pacioretty (hamstring) George Parros (concussion) Alexei Emelin (knee), Davis Drewiske (shoulder), Douglas Murray (upper body)