PITTSBURGH -- The Montreal Canadiens will be without wing Michael Ryder for Wednesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins because of an upper-body injury. Coach Michel Therrien did not, however, rule out Ryder returning for a home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Essentially taking Ryder's spot in the lineup is wing Brandon Prust, who sat out Monday's loss to the Philadelphia Flyers due to an upper-body injury.
Defenseman Yannick Weber will play for the Canadiens for the third time this season. It will be Weber's second appearance since January and first since March 7. Weber replaces Nathan Beaulieu after Montreal allowed 12 goals in losing its past two games.
"It's not like it's my first game ever, but it's been a while," Weber said. "For me, it's just go back and find my game and take it shift by shift. Normally it takes a couple shifts, and then you're back as if nothing happened. I'm excited and I'm ready to go."
Therrien said choosing between Gabriel Dumont or Mike Blunden as his 12th forward against the Penguins would be a game-time decision.
Montreal is starting Peter Budaj in goal after Carey Price was pulled from each of the previous two games.
Here is Wednesday's projected lineup for the Montreal Canadiens:
Rene Bourque – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Brendan Gallagher
Brandon Prust – Lars Eller – Alex Galchenyuk
Travis Moen – Jeff Halpern – Mike Blunden / Gabriel Dumont
Josh Gorges – P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov – Francis Bouillon
Yannick Weber – Davis Drewiske
Scratched: Nathan Beaulieu, Tomas Kaberle, Ryan White
Injured: Colby Armstrong (knee), Raphael Diaz (concussion), Alexei Emelin (knee), Michael Ryder (upper body)