Gudbranson missed Florida's previous five games because of a broken orbital bone. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound defenseman had surgery after sustaining the injury on Dec. 20 when he was struck in the face by a puck in a 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
He wore a full-face cage on his helmet at the Panthers' morning skate at Bell Centre.
"I was told it was a two-, three-week recovery, so it's two weeks [Monday]," Gudbranson said. "I feel ready to go, so it's fun to play. I'm excited to play. If I was worried, I wouldn't play. Obviously I'm wearing that cage for a reason. It's for safety and that'll certainly help me out. That'll ease my mind with it, but going out and playing my game shouldn't be an issue."
"It goes back to my first year," Gudbranson said. "I thought we played extremely well that year and it should be a seamless transition. We're both very vocal. We talk well on the ice and we've had that chemistry from that first year, so making that transition start with him should be good."
Jovanovksi, who had hip surgery in April, is looking forward to being reunited with Gudbranson.
"He's got a long future ahead of him," said Jovanovski, who saw 15:54 of ice time Saturday and finished plus-3 against Nashville. "He's only going to get better and it's good to be paired back up with him again. Young bones, they heal quick, but I think with his face being protected it allows him to come back."
Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the shootout, and had two assists against the Predators. He failed to score during the game, though, and arrives in Montreal with no goals in his past 10 games.
Therrien said Monday that center Ryan White's upper-body injury will sideline him for the next two weeks.
Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec was named the captain of the Czech Republic's Olympic team, which was announced Monday at a press conference in Prague.
Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz was named to Switzerland's Olympic team Monday, but he will be a healthy scratch for a second straight game against Florida.
Here are the projected Panthers and Canadiens lineups:
Scratched: Raphael Diaz