Canadien’s coach Claude Julien shook up all his lines, trying to boost an anemic and ineffective attack. To do so, he transferred defensive specialist Juneau to the first line. The veteran center is no longer used to being on an offensive line, and most of the fans are skeptics and don’t think he’ll still have the instincts. But Julien doesn’t have a choice and has to be creative. Juneau is the Habs 4th leading point getter with 1 goal and 6 points in 17 games. He’ll be on the top line with Koivu and Zednik Saturday against his old team, Ottawa, where he played the 1999-2000 season.
Expected Lines :
Juneau Koivu Zednik
Kilger Ribeiro Audette
Bulis Perreault Dackell
Langdon Bégin Sundstrom
Possible scratches: Marcel Hossa and Michael Ryder
Julien said he’d use Craig Rivet as a forward to create circulation in front of Patrick Lalime during powerplays. Quintal started training Friday and hopes to be back for the Saturday game. An irregular heartbeat kept him out of the lineup for the last 4 games. During that time, his wife Annick gave birth to their first child, Jezabel.
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