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Canadiens' Petry out with lower-body injury

Lightning's Garrison also sidelined for key Atlantic Division game

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

LIGHTNING (29-19-4) at CANADIENS (26-24-4)


BROSSARD, Que. -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry has a lower-body injury and will not face the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

With Petry sidelined, defenseman Nathan Beaulieu will return to the lineup after he was a healthy scratch for each of Montreal's consecutive wins this weekend. 

"I'm obviously extremely disappointed with what happened but all I can do is take advantage of the opportunity to get back in tonight," Beaulieu said after the morning skate at the Canadiens' suburban practice facility. 

Petry did not play after taking a shift midway through the third period Sunday, though he remained on the bench through the end of Montreal's 2-1 shootout win against the Carolina Hurricanes. 

Beaulieu will be paired with Mark Barberio, a left-handed shot who will move to the right side. 

"I've played a couple of games with him so I know what he's all about," Beaulieu said. "It's just another challenge tonight, it's not unfamiliar grounds for me. I've played Tampa a lot and I've played with [Barberio]." 

Defenseman Alexei Emelin will play with Tom Gilbert, who scored his first goal Sunday, his second point in 40 games. 

Goalie Ben Scrivens will make his third straight start for Montreal. He saved 57 of 59 shots for a .966 save percentage in wins against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday and Hurricanes on Sunday as the Canadiens won consecutive games for the first time since a four-game winning streak from Nov. 20-27. 

Tampa Bay defenseman Jason Garrison will not play after sustaining a lower-body injury during the first period of a 5-1 loss at the Ottawa Senators on Monday. 

"That's a tough one too because he is a big minute-munching defenseman for us," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Monday. 

The Lightning did not have any players take to the ice for an optional morning skate. 

Here are the projected lineups: 


Ondrej Palat - Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos   

Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov   

J.T. Brown - Valtteri Filppula - Ryan Callahan   

Cedric Paquette - Brian Boyle - Erik Condra   

Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman   

Matthew Carle - Andrej Sustr   

Nikita Nesterov - Braydon Coburn  

Ben Bishop  

Andrei Vasilevskiy  

Injured: Mattias Ohlund (knee), Joel Vermin (hand), Jason Garrison 

Scratched: Jonathan Marchessault  


Alex Galchenyuk - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher  

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Dale Weise  

Tomas Fleischmann - Lars Eller - Sven Andrighetto  

Brian Flynn - Torrey Mitchell - Devante Smith-Pelly  

Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban  

Alexei Emelin - Tom Gilbert 

Nathan Beaulieu - Mark Barberio 

Ben Scrivens 

Mike Condon  

Injured: Carey Price (lower body), Jeff Petry (lower body), Lucas Lessio (lower body), Paul Byron (lower body), Daniel Carr (lower body) 

Scratched: Greg Pateryn  

Status report: With Garrison injured, Cooper said Monday that Tampa Bay might call up a defenseman from Syracuse of the American Hockey League. 

Who's hot: Brown has three goals in his past five games. … Subban has nine points during a six-game point streak (two goals, seven assists). 

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