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Beaulieu, Nattinen added to Canadiens lineup

Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 2:11 PM

By Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Beaulieu, Nattinen added to Canadiens lineup

TORONTO -- The Montreal Canadiens will have a pair of new players in the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, CBC, RDS), with defenseman Nathan Beaulieu and forward Joonas Nattinen drawing in. For Nattinen, it will mark his NHL debut.

"A hat trick, a great night in Montreal. But this'll do, I can do a hat trick here," Nättinen said describing what he pictured happening in his first NHL game. "I'm just trying to enjoy all the minutes I'll get there and play as good as I can for this team."

To make room for Nattinen, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Rene Bourque will be a healthy scratch. Nattinen likely will play on a line with rugged forwards Travis Moen and George Parros.

Defenseman Raphael Diaz did not skate Friday or at the morning skate Saturday and appears to be the likely removed for Beaulieu. Carey Price will start in goal.

The Maple Leafs enter Saturday on a three-game winning streak. They'll be without forwards David Clarkson and Frazer McLaren, who were placed on injured reserve Friday. Troy Bodie was recalled from the American Hockey League and will play.

"He's a pretty honest player," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said of Bodie. "[He's an] up-and-down, banging winger. [He brings] energy. He gets on the puck, on the forecheck."

The Maple Leafs know facing Price presents a challenge.

"When you get a strong goalie that sees the puck well and is in kind of a zone, you want to get as many pucks to the net, get traffic there and get those second-chance opportunities," Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk said.

Jonathan Bernier was the first goalie off at morning skate and will get the start for Toronto.

Here are the projected lineups for the Canadiens and Maple Leafs:

CANADIENS

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Brendan Gallagher

Lars Eller - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta

Brandon Prust - Daniel Briere - Michael Bournival

Travis Moen - Joonas Nattinen - George Parros

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban

Andrei Markov - Alexei Emelin

Francis Bouillon - Nathan Beaulieu

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Rene Bourque, Raphael Diaz, Douglas Murray

Injured: Davis Drewiske (shoulder), Alex Galchenyuk (broken hand), Ryan White (upper body)

MAPLE LEAFS

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel

Mason Raymond - Nazem Kadri - Joffrey Lupul

Nikolai Kulemin - Peter Holland - Carter Ashton

Troy Bodie - Jay McClement - Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson - Dion Phaneuf

Tim Gleason - Cody Franson

Jake Gardiner - Morgan Rielly

Jonathan Bernier

James Reimer

Scratched: Paul Ranger, Mark Fraser

Injured: David Clarkson (elbow), Frazer McLaren (shoulder), Dave Bolland (ankle), Trevor Smith (broken arm)

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