NEW YORK - The Canadiens' lineup will have a different look for Game 6 on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
Head coach Claude Julien is bringing Brian Flynn into the mix to center a line flanked by Alex Galchenyuk and Paul Byron after it was revealed that Andrew Shaw had suffered an upper-body injury that would keep him out of action. He is currently listed as day-to-day.
Video: Julien on the changes to his lineup
Flynn enters the series after watching the first five games from the press box.
"I'll just take it shift by shift out there. Whatever minutes I'm given, whichever way I'm used, I'll just try and be real simple and solid defensively," said Flynn, who last saw game action in the regular-season finale on April 8 in Detroit. "I'll just try not to give anything up. Hopefully, the more pucks we get in, once we get pucks down low, we can make plays down there."
Like Flynn, Michael McCarron will also try to be a difference-maker on Saturday night as the Canadiens attempt to stave off elimination and send the series back to Montreal. The 22-year-old is set to make his NHL playoff debut in the biggest game of the year to date.
"As an American kid, this is the MSG. It's like for a Canadian kid, the ACC or the Bell Centre, so this is up there," said McCarron, a Michigan native, who will play alongside Steve Ott and Dwight King. "I'm excited. A little jittery. I'm ready to go. It's not about me tonight, though. It's about the 20 guys in this room and we're all going to be at the top of our game."
Video: McCarron on playing his first NHL playoff game
As McCarron draws in, Torrey Mitchell is a healthy scratch up front. On the back end, Nathan Beaulieu is also a healthy scratch in favor of Brandon Davidson, who will be playing in his third game of the series, partnering up with Jordie Benn.
"That definitely kind of helps [playing in Game 3 and Game 4]. I think that getting that base underneath me, getting my feet underneath me, feeling the atmosphere, feeling the tension, I think those are all things that have helped me grow," shared Davidson, who averaged 11:29 of ice time between both of those outings, which also happened to be the first two postseason games of his career. "I think that here today will be another step forward."
Calm and confident
It's easy to get caught up in all of the noise surrounding Game 6, which obviously means a lot to both teams involved.
Unlike the Rangers, though, the Canadiens' season really is on the line, so Brendan Gallagher stressed the importance of staying focused on the task at hand. After all, games are ultimately decided on the ice.
"It's going to be important for us to block out all the emotional stuff that's going to go on with this game. We know the situation we're in. We understand the consequences if we lose. At the same time, there's a lot of belief in this locker room. Just focus on what you need to do as an individual and come to the rink to help the team win," explained Gallagher, who has one goal and three points in the series. "They don't want to head back to Montreal. It's a situation where both teams are going to be desperate for a win. We've just got to come out and earn it."
Video: Gallagher on Shaw's absence