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MTL@NSH: Jerabek, Niemi in; Mete, Weber out

Jakub Jerabek will play his first NHL game on Wednesday in Nashville

by Steven Nechay @CanadiensMTL /

NASHVILLE -- Head coach Claude Julien announced a number of lineup changes ahead of Wednesday's game against the Predators.

Video: Claude Julien's pregame press conference @ NSH

Jakub Jerabek will play his first NHL game at Bridgestone Arena less than 12 hours after being called up from the AHL's Laval Rocket on Wednesday morning.

The Czech defenseman will replace Victor Mete on the blue line in Nashville, while Mete for his part will miss his first game of the season as a healthy scratch.

Julien also confirmed that Antti Niemi will get his first start in goal for the Canadiens since being acquired off waivers from the Florida Panthers last week.

Charlie Lindgren will serve as Niemi's backup, after starting the Habs' last eight.

Originally a game-time decision earlier in the day, Shea Weber will miss a second-consecutive game with a nagging lower-body injury which also sidelined him in Dallas on Tuesday.

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