- The Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex on Wednesday morning just ahead of their departure for Chicago where they’ll go up against the Blackhawks at the United Center on Wednesday night. Michel Therrien’s troops will return to Montreal immediately following the game in the Windy City.
- The Canadiens will field a lineup consisting primarily of young guns in Chicago, but several veterans will make the trip as well, including Brandon Prust, Rene Bourque, Dale Weise and Lars Eller. Youngsters Jiri Sekac, Sven Andrighetto, Jacob De La Rose, Christian Thomas, Jarred Tinordi, and Darren Dietz will also suit up on Wednesday night.
- Sven Andrighetto is one of several prospects currently battling it out for a spot up front. Set to make his third appearance of the preseason on Wednesday night in Chicago, the 21-year-old right-winger is taking things in stride as roster cuts loom in the coming days.
“You never know when it’s your last chance, so I’m going to go out there, do my best and have fun,” offered Andrighetto, who finished second in scoring for the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2013-14, registering 17 goals and 44 points in 64 games. “You’re always under pressure, but it just motivates you. It’s all about how you take it. I think pressure is a good thing. It pushes you harder, and makes you play your best.”
Andrighetto, who has one goal, two points and a plus-1 differential in two exhibition tilts thus far during the preseason, is eager to don the CH in Chi-town. The opportunity to play at the United Center is something the Zurich, Switzerland native has been looking forward to for some time.
“I’ve never played in Chicago, but I’ve heard about the building,” confided Andrighetto, who could hit the ice on Wednesday night on a line with Jacob De La Rose and Christian Thomas. “I’m actually really excited to play there. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
- Brandon Prust is one of just a handful of veterans who’ll go up against Joel Quenneville’s contingent on Wednesday night. The 30-year-old left-winger, who is just 31 games shy of reaching the 400-game mark for his NHL career, can’t wait to kick off the regular season campaign in just seven days’ time in Toronto, but he fully appreciates the importance of contesting preseason tilts.
“I think we’re all ready and we’re wishing the season would start right now, but those preseason games are good to get your timing back and get warmed up,” offered Prust, who is set to begin his third season in Montreal in 2014-15. “It allows us to make sure that we’ll be ready to go when the puck drops on October 8th.”
- Carey Price will get the start in goal for the Canadiens. It will be his second straight start. Dustin Tokarski will serve as Price’s back-up. For their part, the Blackhawks will counter with Antti Raanta. The Finnish netminder will be making his second start of the preseason and will play the full game.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. EST.
Probable forward lines against Chicago:
De La Rose-Andrighetto-Thomas