Forwards Joe Vitale (upper body) and Taylor Pyatt (lower body) will return after missing 12 and two games respectively. Their presence will strengthen Pittsburgh's bottom-six, which had featured defenseman Deryk Engelland at right wing on the fourth line in recent games.
Forward Pascal Dupuis spoke for the first time since tearing his ACL on Dec. 23. Brian Gibbons will continue to fill Dupuis' role as the top-line right wing for the time being. Dupuis is expected to fully recover in 6-8 months, but said he is attempting to recover in closer to six.
"I'm feeling good, surgery went well," Dupuis said. "I know my season is over this year. It definitely looks and sounds long, but I guess you can't rush anything."
With Martin expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand, the Penguins will adjust their defense pairings with Engelland returning to defense exclusively and playing alongside Brooks Orpik.
"You kind of get used to going up and back, but obviously I'm still not 100 percent comfortable with playing up front," Engelland said. "It's a lot easier to go back to the point and play where you've been playing for your whole career."
The Canadiens did not hold a morning skate after their 2-1 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. It is uncertain if goalie Peter Budaj will start for the second consecutive night with Carey Price (lower body) injured.
Here are the expected lineups for the Penguins and Canadiens:
Scratched: Simon Despres