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Brown to make Canadiens debut vs. Sharks

Reimer could start; Montreal winless in past eight in San Jose

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent

CANADIENS (30-27-5) at SHARKS (33-22-6)

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET; RDS, SNE, CSN-CA; NHL.TV

SAN JOSE -- Forward Mike Brown will make his debut for the Montreal Canadiens on Monday at SAP Center against the San Jose Sharks, who had placed him on waivers Sunday.

The Canadiens claimed Brown on Monday. He skated on the fourth line with Michael McCarron and former Sharks forward Torrey Mitchell during the morning skate.

Brown, 30, will move into the lineup in place of forward Devante Smith-Pelly, who was traded Monday to the New Jersey Devils for forward Stefan Matteau.

"It's a positive, going to a team that wants you and needs you," Brown said. "That's the way I'm looking at it now. It's kind of crazy how it unfolded. I got put on waivers and it went all the way to just about 9 this morning when I found out. It was almost like 24 hours. I got the call and it was pretty crazy. Same day, same team, going back and playing these guys. It should be interesting. I'd never really seen it happen where a player gets traded away then playing the same team."

The Canadiens will be Brown's sixth NHL team. In 393 games he has 18 goals, 34 points and 751 penalty minutes. In 44 games this season with the Sharks he had one goal, two assists and 63 penalty minutes. He's expected to add some grit to the Canadiens.

"That's my game; that's my playing style," Brown said. "I know I have to play the same way. I'm not going to change anything. I know that's why they're bringing me in here. That's the way I'm going to play. Hopefully it's a good fit here."

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said he was happy that Brown is getting a chance to play for another team and potentially earn an NHL contract for next season. He had appeared in two of the Sharks' past 14 games.

Canadiens rookie goaltender Mike Condon, who was named NHL Third Star of the Week on Monday, will start his fifth straight game. He made 31 saves in the Canadiens' 4-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Sharks goaltender Martin Jones will start his ninth straight game. He made 23 saves Sunday in San Jose's 4-1 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. Jones is 30-17-4 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 52 games this season.

The Sharks, despite playing back to back games, will use the same lineup they used against Vancouver.

Here are the projected lineups:

Max Pacioretty - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk - Lars Eller - Sven Andrighetto
Paul Byron - Jacob De La Rose - Phillip Danault
Torrey Mitchell - Michael McCarron - Mike Brown

Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin - Greg Pateryn
Victor Bartley - Mark Barberio

Mike Condon
Ben Scrivens

Injured: Carey Price (lower body), Jeff Petry (lower body), Daniel Carr (knee), David Desharnais (broken left foot), Brian Flynn (lower body), Tom Gilbert (lower body), Nathan Beaulieu (lower body)
Scratched: Lucas Lessio, Morgan Ellis

Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Joonas Donskoi
Matt Nieto - Nick Spaling - Joel Ward
Melker Karlsson - Chris Tierney - Dainius Zubrus

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Paul Martin - Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon - Roman Polak

Martin Jones
Aaron Dell

Injured: Tommy Wingels (sprained left shoulder)
Scratched: Dylan DeMelo, Matt Tennyson

Status update: Sharks backup goaltender James Reimer, who was acquired Saturday from the Toronto Maple Leafs, continued dealing with what DeBoer said were immigration issues Monday and will miss his second straight game since being acquired. ... Price is not on the road trip but skated in full equipment in Montreal.

Who's hot: Galchenyuk has three goals in his past two games. ... Markov has one goal and five assists during a five-game point streak. ... Vlasic has 13 points in his past 14 games. ... Pavelski has one goal and three assists in his past four games.

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