Upper-body injuries sideline Gionta, White

Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 8:29 PM | Arpon Basu  - Managing Editor LNH.com

OTTAWA -- Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta and center Ryan White are out of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday (CNBC, CBC, RDS) with upper-body injuries.

Coach Michel Therrien would not confirm who will dress in their place.

Gionta also missed Game 2 of the series after his left arm got wrenched backward during Game 1, though he finished that game.

Losing Gionta creates a big hole in Montreal's top-six forward group, likely forcing Travis Moen to play on an offensive line. The loss of White in a game that risks being very physical also hurts.

A likely candidate to draw back into the lineup is center Jeff Halpern, a strong faceoff man who plays on the Montreal penalty kill.

Rookie Gabriel Dumont and Halpern dressed in Game 2 when Gionta and left wing Max Pacioretty were out. Halpern played nearly 12 minutes, had a team-high five shots on goal and won seven of 12 faceoffs in Montreal's 3-1 win. Dumont played just 3:but dished out three hits in his first career game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Therrien could opt for Mike Blunden rather than Dumont.

Here is what the Canadiens' lineup might look like in Game 4, keeping in mind the team did no line rushes at the morning skate (click here for the potential Senators lineup):

Rene Bourque - Tomas Plekanec - Michael Ryder

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Travis Moen

Brendan Gallagher - Alex Galchenyuk - Brandon Prust

Gabriel Dumont - Jeff Halpern - Colby Armstrong

Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban

Josh Gorges - Raphael Diaz

Francis Bouillon - Jarred Tinordi

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Tomas Kaberle, Yannick Weber, Mike Blunden

Injured: Alexei Emelin (knee), Lars Eller (concussion), Brian Gionta (upper body), Ryan White (upper body)

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