MONTREAL – The Philadelphia Flyers will be playing their first game since captain Chris Pronger went down with an eye injury Monday when they take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre tonight (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS).
It's unclear how the Flyers' defense will compensate for Pronger's absence, and the pairings listed below can best be described as an educated guess. Still, coach Peter Laviolette said he will have "six good defensemen" in uniform and was confident his team can make up for
The Flyers' forward lines also are a bit of an educated guess seeing as Laviolette did not do line rushes this morning.
For the Canadiens, leading scorer Max Pacioretty was expected to miss the game with torn ligaments in his wrist, but he was on the ice shooting pucks with his teammates, and coach Jacques Martin termed his status as a game-time decision. If he does play, Aaron Palushaj would be scratched.
Travis Moen - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta
Michael Cammalleri - David Desharnais - Erik Cole
Andrei Kostitsyn - Lars Eller - Aaron Palushaj
Mathieu Darche - Petteri Nokelainen - Michael Blunden
Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban
Hal Gill - Raphael Diaz
Jaroslav Spacek - Yannick Weber
Carey Price will start in goal, with Peter Budaj the backup.
Besides the Pacioretty/Palushaj decision, defenseman Alexei Emelin will be a healthy scratch.
Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jaromir Jagr
Brayden Schenn - Danny Briere - Wayne Simmonds
James van Riemsdyk - Matt Read - Jakub Voracek
Andreas Nodl - Sean Couturier - Maxime Talbot
Braydon Coburn - Andrej Meszaros
Matt Carle - Andreas Lilja
Kimmo Timonen - Matt Walker
Ilya Bryzgalov will be back in net, with Sergei Bobrovsky the backup.
Forward Jody Shelley likely will be a healthy scratch.
For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.