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Projected lineups for Canadiens, Senators

Saturday, 01.14.2012 / 1:10 PM

By Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com / At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Canadiens, Senators
Here are the expected lineups for tonight's game between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens.

Of note, the Canadiens will be welcoming back Scott Gomez off a 21-game absence due to a groin injury. He will slide into the spot vacated by the departure of Michael Cammalleri to the Flames, playing on the left side of Tomas Plekanec with Michael Blunden on the right. However, coach Randy Cunneyworth said Erik Cole will rotate in a little bit on the right wing of that line.

Newly-acquired left wing Rene Bourque skated with his teammates for the first time this morning, but he will serve the final game of his five-game suspension for elbowing Washington's Nicklas Backstrom and won't be available to make his Canadiens debut until Sunday night at home against the New York Rangers.

Cunneyworth also confirmed he will dress seven defensemen and 11 forwards for a sixth straight game. Yannick Weber, who scored Montreal's lone goal in a 2-1 loss in Boston on Thursday, should dress instead of Chris Campoli.

For Ottawa coach Paul MacLean there will be no changes to the lineup, and why would he considering the impressive 3-0 win the team is coming off of against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday?

CANADIENS
Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole
Scott Gomez - Tomas Plekanec - Michael Blunden
Travis Moen - Lars Eller - Andrei Kostitsyn
Mathieu Darche - Petteri Nokelainen

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin - Raphael Diaz
Tomas Kaberle - Yannick Weber
Hal Gill

Carey Price
Peter Budaj

SENATORS

Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Colin Greening
Erik Condra - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno - Zack Smith - Chris Neil
Kaspars Daugavins - Zenon Konopka - Bobby Butler

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Sergei Gonchar - Jared Cowen
Brian Lee - Chris Phillips

Craig Anderson
Alex Auld
Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres