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Preview: Penguins at Canadiens

Shea Weber one of seven Montreal players to skate in first home opener at Bell Centre

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

PENGUINS (2-0-1) at CANADIENS (1-0-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; ROOT, TVA Sports, SN360, NHL.TV

 

Penguins team scope

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will make his fourth consecutive start, and his second in as many nights. Fleury played all three games during Pittsburgh's 2-0-1 homestand, including a 4-3 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan downplayed the significance of it being a hometown game for Fleury, who grew up in nearby Sorel, Quebec. "Well certainly that weighs a little bit into our decision-making, but obviously Marc is a real good goalie and he's played extremely well for us in this short season so far," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday. "We'd like to give him the ball here and let him run with it. He's given us a chance to win each and every night. I know he loves to play in this building and our expectation is he'll continue to do what he's done for us here early in the season."

 

Canadiens team scope

Shea Weber, 31, will be one of seven Montreal players to skate in his first home opener at Bell Centre, along with Mikhail Sergachev, and forwards Shaw, Alexander Radulov, Artturi Lehkonen and Phillip Danault. Weber was acquired June 29 in a trade with the Nashville Predators for P.K. Subban in what was the biggest trade of the offseason. Weber has one assist in each of the Canadiens' first two games. "I thought Shea, right from Day One, has come in, the presence that he brought to our locker room has helped us in so many areas, off the ice, on the ice, everywhere," Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher said after Weber's first game with the Canadiens. Sergachev, 18, the ninth pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, will have his parents on hand from Russia. "He's a good kid, and as soon as the puck drops it's game time so I don't even know how I would feel if I was his age," Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty said. "I definitely wouldn't handle it was well as he has and will. But it's a special time for him so it's exciting for a guy like that to get the opportunity to do what we're going to do tonight." Center Alex Galchenyuk was the most recent 18-year-old to play for the Canadiens prior to Sergachev, in 2012-13. "It was hard to come in as an 18-year-old and play in the best League, but I think the emotions and the energy you have, you've got to use that," said Galchenyuk, who was selected by the Canadiens with the third pick of the 2012 draft. Montoya will make his third straight start in goal while Price recovers from the flu.

 

Penguins projected lineup

Scott Wilson -- Evgeni Malkin -- Patric Hornqvist

Carl Hagelin -- Nick Bonino -- Phil Kessel

Chris Kunitz -- Matt Cullen -- Conor Sheary

Bryan Rust  -- Eric Fehr -- Tom Kuhnhackl

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang

Olli Maatta -- Trevor Daley

Ian Cole -- Justin Schultz

Marc-Andre Fleury

Mike Condon

Scratched: Derrick Pouliot, Tom Sestito

Injured: Sidney Crosby (concussion), Matt Murray (broken hand) 

 

Canadiens projected lineup

Max Pacioretty -- Alex Galchenyuk -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Tomas Plekanec -- Alexander Radulov

Paul Byron -- David Desharnais -- Andrew Shaw

Phillip Danault -- Torrey Mitchell -- Brian Flynn

Nathan Beaulieu -- Shea Weber

Andrei Markov -- Jeff Petry

Alexei Emelin -- Mikhail Sergachev

Al Montoya

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Zach Redmond, Daniel Carr

Injured: Carey Price (flu)

 

Status report

Crosby skated on his own before Pittsburgh's morning skate Monday. ... Price practiced with the Canadiens on Tuesday, the first time since he was sidelined by the flu. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said it was too early to know if Price would be ready to return against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. "It's going to be up to him," Therrien said. "You never know with the energy of an athlete, but it was nice to see him on the ice today. He looks pretty good." ... Flynn will make his season debut, in place of Carr.

 

Who's hot

Kessel has scored a power-play goal in consecutive games. ... Cullen has one goal and two assists in the past two games. ... Sheary has at least one point in all three games this season (one goal, two assists). ... Gallagher has two goals and an assist in two games. ... Petry scored two goals in his debut Saturday.

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