BROSSARD - The Canadiens will be counting on the likes of Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk when they face off against the Boston Bruins on Monday in Quebec City.
The Habs are making their annual pilgrimage to the provincial capital to face their divisional rivals from Massachusetts in the first of two exhibition games at the Centre Videotron, with the next one coming on September 27 against Toronto.
Montreal will ice a roster chock full of veterans on Monday including Gallagher, Galchenyuk, Karl Alzner, Phillip Danault, Jeff Petry, Torrey Mitchell and Andrew Shaw. Goaltender Al Montoya will be getting the start in net.
There will be a nice contingent of Quebec-born talent in the lineup as well. In addition to Mitchell and Danault, dressing for the Habs will be Daniel Audette, Jeremy Gregoire and Antoine Waked, along with Franco-Ontarian Eric Gelinas. Laval native Zachary Fucale will serve as Montoya's backup.
For Audette, who took part in the Red vs. White Intrasquad Scrimmage on Sunday at the Bell Centre, the matchup against the Bruins is a chance for him to gain some experience among some of the best.
"Tonight, I'll be playing with players who were in the NHL last year, same as yesterday," Audette said after Monday morning practice at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. "I'm learning a lot from them, it's fun to watch them go."
Video: Audette on the game against Boston
Despite being on opposing sides at the Red vs. White scrimmage, Audette is happy he'll be reunited with Waked for the tilt in Quebec City.
"We trained together all summer so we get along well. We have good chemistry on the ice," praised Audette of Waked, who scored 39 goals and added 41 assists in 67 games for the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies last season. "He skates, he hits, it's fun to play with a guy like him."
For his part, Fucale isn't changing his approach to the game even though he'll be splitting netminding duties with Montoya.
"I approach it like any other game. Everything stays the same, even if it's only a half-game," explained the 22-year-old. "It's a good opportunity. It's just a shorter game [for me], that's all."
Up front, forward Michael McCarron admits he's been craving some game action, something he was reminded of during the weekend friendly at the Bell Centre.
"It's exciting. In yesterday's Red vs. White game, you don't want to kill your teammates and it's hard to go one hundred percent," described McCarron, who's penciled in on a line with Jacob De La Rose and Jeremy Gregoire. "It's good to get the rust off for that game. I'm excited to be going up against an opponent now. I've got that feeling back."
Video: McCarron on his objectives at camp