MONTREAL -- The Canadiens appear ready to welcome back Jaroslav Spacek, who has missed five games with a suspected rib injury. They are also incorporating newly-acquired center Petteri Nokelainen into the lineup on the fourth line, while Sunday call-up Michael Blunden plays beside him.
The Panthers are also incorporating a new player into the lineup as Marco Strum -- acquired Saturday in the trade that sent David Booth to Vancouver -- had his first skate with his new teammates. However, the other piece of that trade, Mikael Samuelsson, did not skate. Samuelsson is still in Vancouver, recovering from a groin injury, and it's not known when he will join his new team. Mike Santorelli will make his season debut Monday after recovering from a shoulder injury.
Here are the lines from Monday morning's skate:
Michael Cammalleri - Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Travis Moen - Lars Eller – Andrei Kostitsyn
Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais – Erik Cole
Mathieu Darche - Petteri Nokelainen – Michael Blunden
Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban
Hal Gill - Raphael Diaz
Jaroslav Spacek - Yannick Weber
Peter Budaj makes his Montreal debut as the starting goalie, with Carey Price backing him up.
Tomas Fleischmann - Stephen Weiss - Kris Versteeg
Scottie Upshall - Marcel Goc - Tomas Kopecky
Marco Sturm - Mike Santorelli - Matt Bradley
Tim Kennedy - Shawn Matthias - Matt Bradley
Jason Garrison - Brian Campbell
Ed Jovanovski - Erik Gudbranson
Dmitry Kulikov - Mike Weaver
Jacob Markstrom left the ice first, suggesting he will start in favor of Jose Theodore, though coach Kevin Dineen termed it a game-time decision.