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Canadiens mulling lineup changes for Game 1

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:15 PM

By Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com / Bruins-Canadiens series blog

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Canadiens mulling lineup changes for Game 1

BOSTON Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien did not make a single lineup change throughout the Eastern Conference First Round series sweep against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but that might change now.

Therrien would not confirm his lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"You'll see my lineup tonight," Therrien said following the Canadiens morning skate.

There are two primary areas of intrigue when it comes to the Canadiens lineup.

The first is forward Travis Moen, who has recovered from a concussion that kept him out of the lineup in the first round. He is a big body who is a valuable penalty killer who spent all week skating on Therrien's fourth line with Daniel Briere and Dale Weise, bumping rookie Michael Bournival from the lineup.

The second is the status of defenseman Francis Bouillon, who plays on the left side of the third pair with Mike Weaver. Bouillon and Weaver shared the Canadiens lead with a plus-5 rating in the first round, but Therrien has hinted at the possibility of inserting the bigger, more physical Douglas Murray or Jarred Tinordi in Bouillon's place.

The Canadiens did not run lines at the morning skate, and forward Max Pacioretty took the option not to jump on the ice, though Therrien said he is fine and will play in Game 1.

Here are the projected lineups:


Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisThomas Vanek

Brandon PrustTomas PlekanecBrendan Gallagher

Rene BourqueLars EllerBrian Gionta

Travis MoenDaniel BriereDale Weise

Andrei MarkovAlexei Emelin

Josh GorgesP.K. Subban

Francis BouillonMike Weaver

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Injured: Alex Galchenyuk (lower body)

Scratched: Douglas Murray, Jarred Tinordi, Michael Bournival, George Parros


Milan LucicDavid KrejciJarome Iginla

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronReilly Smith

Justin FlorekCarl SoderbergLoui Eriksson

Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaDougie Hamilton

Matt BartkowskiJohnny Boychuk

Torey KrugKevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Andrej Meszaros, Jordan Caron

Injured: Chris Kelly (back), Adam McQuaid (quad), Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL), Corey Potter (upper body)

Quote of the Day

I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh