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Subban remains out for Canadiens

Montreal gets Matteau back; Florida could be without Gudbranson

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

PANTHERS (38-22-9) at CANADIENS (32-31-6)

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET; RDS, SN, FS-F, NHL.TV

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban did not take part in the optional morning skate prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at Bell Centre on Tuesday.


Subban was ruled out Monday by coach Michel Therrien for Montreal's back-to-back games against Florida and at the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.

Subban, who was in uniform for the Canadiens' team photo Monday, is day-to-day because of a neck injury he sustained Thursday, but he has yet to practice.

Forward Stefan Matteau will return after missing Montreal's 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday because of a lower-body injury. Forward Lars Eller, who had the flu Saturday, is not ready to return.

Eller and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, who will miss his 10th straight game because of a lower-body injury, will travel to Buffalo.

"They're going to make the trip, but that doesn't mean that they're going to play," Therrien said.

The Canadiens had 11 players out of the lineup because of injury or illness Saturday, including goalie Carey Price, defensemen Jeff Petry and Tom Gilbert, and forwards Brendan Gallagher, David Desharnais, Daniel Carr and Brian Flynn.

"Obviously our farm team is missing a lot of players," Therrien said. "When the NHL team is sick, there is plenty of coughing going on in the [American Hockey League]."

Florida right wing Teddy Purcell is expected to face Montreal after missing the past four games because of a groin injury.

The Panthers, who did not have a morning skate, recalled defenseman Dylan Olsen and forward Greg McKegg from Portland of the AHL on Monday.

Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson was struck by a shot during the third period of Florida's 3-2 loss at the New York Islanders on Monday. He remained in the game but was seen limping afterward.

Olsen, who was recalled on an emergency basis, has one assist in eight games with the Panthers. McKegg has no points in six games with Florida.

Here are the projected lineups:

Jonathan Huberdeau - Aleksander Barkov - Jaromir Jagr
Jussi Jokinen - Vincent Trocheck - Reilly Smith
Jiri Hudler - Nick Bjugstad - Teddy Purcell
Garrett Wilson - Quinton Howden - Shawn Thornton

Dmitry Kulikov - Aaron Ekblad
Brian Campbell - Dylan Olsen
Jakub Kindl - Alex Petrovic

Al Montoya
Roberto Luongo

Injured: Derek MacKenzie (foot), Willie Mitchell (upper body), Dave Bolland (lower body), Erik Gudbranson (lower body)
Scratched: Steven Kampfer, Logan Shaw, Greg McKegg

Max Pacioretty - Alex Galchenyuk - Sven Andrighetto
Paul Byron - Tomas Plekanec - Torrey Mitchell
Stefan Matteau - Michael McCarron - Lucas Lessio
Jacob De La Rose - Phillip Danault - Mike Brown

Andrei Markov - Mark Barberio
Alexei Emelin - Greg Pateryn
Victor Bartley - Darren Dietz

Mike Condon
Ben Scrivens

Injured: P.K. Subban (neck), Lars Eller (illness), Nathan Beaulieu (lower body), Carey Price (lower body), David Desharnais (broken left foot), Brendan Gallagher (lower body), Daniel Carr (knee), Jeff Petry (abdomen), Brian Flynn (lower body), Tom Gilbert (left knee)
Scratched: none

Status report: The Canadiens assigned forward Charles Hudon to St. John's of the AHL after the morning skate.

Who's hot: Huberdeau has two goals and five assists during a four-game point streak since he was sidelined for six games because of an upper-body injury. … Galchenyuk has 11 goals and 12 points in his past nine games. He had five of his seven two-goal games in that span.

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