MONTREAL – Defenseman P.K. Subban and left wing Max Pacioretty will both be in the Montreal Canadiens lineup when they face an injury-ravaged Carolina Hurricanes club Monday night at Bell Centre.
Subban's status was questionable after he missed Sunday's practice with the flu. Pacioretty did practice Sunday after suffering a rib injury in Saturday's 4-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers, but he wanted to test out Monday morning before confirming he will play against Carolina.
Kirk Muller's Hurricanes aren't as lucky, as left wing Jeff Skinner, forward Tim Brent and defensemen Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason will all miss the game with various ailments.
"We knew before the season that teams were going to face these kinds of situations, so it's an opportunity for guys to step in and do a job," Muller said. "We can't make any excuses, we've just got to find ways to win."
Brent was on the ice for the morning skate on Monday but was ruled out for the game by Muller, who is hoping that minor-league call-up Jeremy Welsh can get to Montreal in time for the game. He said that Jussi Jokinen should see some time in Skinner's usual spot to the left of Jordan Staal, but that the game will likely feature a number of different combinations at forward.
"You're going to see a lot of juggling tonight," Muller said.
The Canadiens will be without rookie forward Brendan Gallagher as he recovers from a concussion suffered Saturday night, which gives Ryan White a chance to get back in the lineup. White has been a healthy scratch in seven of the past eight games because of a lack of discipline, and coach Michel Therrien says he will need to show he's learned his lesson.
"He's got to play the game the right way and he knows," Therrien said. "He was playing well at 5-on-5 and he's been good on faceoffs. He took a few penalties that hurt the team, but we expect he's learned from his mistakes because we're counting on him."
Therrien also announced that Gallagher will miss Tuesday night's game in New York against the Rangers. Taking Gallagher's spot on the right wing of a line with David Desharnais and Pacioretty will be Lars Eller, who's slowly seen his role increase as a key player on both special teams units while playing on the fourth line.
Carey Price will dress as a backup to Peter Budaj as he is not yet fully recovered from a weekend bout with the stomach flu. He expects to be ready to play Tuesday in New York.
Here are the projected lineups for the Hurricanes and Canadiens:
Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin
Jussi Jokinen – Jordan Staal – Pat Dwyer
Andreas Nodl – Riley Nash – Chad LaRose
Drayson Bowman – Jeremy Welsh – Kevin Westgarth
Justin Faulk – Jay Harrison
Joe Corvo – Jamie McBain
Michal Jordan – Bobby Sanguinetti
Injured: Jeff Skinner, Tim Brent, Joni Pitkanen, Tim Gleason
Scratched: Tim Wallace
Rene Bourque – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Lars Eller
Brandon Prust – Alex Galchenyuk – Erik Cole
Travis Moen – Ryan White – Colby Armstrong
Andrei Markov – Alexei Emelin
Josh Gorges – Raphael Diaz
Francis Bouillon – P.K. Subban
Injured: Brendan Gallagher, Petteri Nokelainen
Scratched: Tomas Kaberle, Yannick Weber