BROSSARD - Carey Price will be in goal when the Habs host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
Al Montoya was originally slated to get the start, but he suffered a lower-body injury during the team's optional morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex.
Price will thus return to his crease for a third consecutive game, after most recently making 31 saves in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.
With Montoya on the sidelines, the Canadiens recalled Zachary Fucale from the ECHL's Brampton Beast on an emergency basis to back up Price on Tuesday night.
Up front, Steve Ott returns to the lineup in place of Michael McCarron after being a healthy scratch for the last two games and three of the last four.
While being rotated in and out as of late certainly isn't ideal, the 34-year-old veteran centerman is taking it all in stride. Right now, he's just looking forward to getting the opportunity to chip in again.
"I think everybody knows their role and what to expect here. When you have guys that are capable, the 20 guys that are dressing every night I think are more than capable and I think they're always ready," said Ott, who will be making his eighth appearance for the Canadiens on Tuesday night. "We've been doing stuff off the ice - extra skating, extra things to always keep us prepared and whoever's name gets called, you go out there and try your best."
Video: Steve Ott on returning to the lineup against Dallas
Ott actually spent the majority of his NHL career plying his trade for the Stars, suiting up for 566 regular-season games over nine years in the organization. Like defenseman Jordie Benn, the Canadiens' No. 92 has a good idea of what to expect come puck drop, insisting that Tuesday night's tilt will be anything but a walk in the park.
"As of late they've been playing some pretty good hockey, actually. They came up with a big win in New Jersey [on Sunday] and obviously they've got a lot of firepower. It's an underachieving team, but it's a team that I saw first-hand [in a second-round playoff matchup last year with St. Louis]," said Ott. "I know how solid the players they have over there are, so you can't take them lightly. They've got a lot of young guys coming up right now that are trying to earn spots and you have veteran guys that are trying to stick to their spots. You add that formula and they're going to play their hearts out."
Ott also shared his thoughts on the youngster he'll be replacing on Tuesday night, offering up some kind words about the 22-year-old centerman, whose play has definitely caught his eye.
"He's a great kid. I see an up-and-coming player that's going to have a great future ahead of himself for a long time. I see myself on the way out in the sense of winding down in the next couple of years in my career, so I want to see him do his best," mentioned Ott. "I want to be watching one day and see him succeed and have a great career. When you have a great positive kid like Big Mac is, it's fun to be around him."
While Ott is proud of what he's been seeing from McCarron, the same can be said for Alex Galchenyuk and his satisfaction with the way his line with Andrew Shaw and Artturi Lehkonen has gone about their business together.
"We're different players, and sometimes when you put different players together who have different strengths, it works," said Galchenyuk, who is just four goals shy of reaching the 20-goal plateau for a third straight season. "We've got to continue creating things out there on the offensive side, be solid defensively, and try to be the difference."
Video: Alex Galchenyuk on the play of his line
The Canadiens' No. 27 is also coming into Tuesday night's contest with the mentality that going up against a Stars club that has been eliminated from playoff contention doesn't mean you can let up at all and relax. That's a lesson Claude Julien's contingent learned last week in back-to-back defeats to Detroit and Carolina, respectively.
"When teams are out of the playoffs, it's even harder to play against them because they're playing loose and they've got nothing to lose. With their skill set, they've got a lot of weapons out there that can be dangerous," stressed Galchenyuk. "But, at the same time, we've got to focus on the good things we do and not so much focus on [the Stars]. When you have those key players out there, you have to pay attention [to them]."
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, as well as on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm.