On Thursday, the Habs will look to pick up their first win of the preseason as they host the Washington Capitals (1-0-1). This will be the first of three games in as many nights for the Canadiens.
Four players who saw action in Tuesday’s loss versus the Maple Leafs will be the lineup for Montreal, including blueliner Jarred Tinordi who led all Habs in ice time with 22:18 vs Toronto.
These two teams last met in the 2014 preseason where Washington blanked the Canadiens by a 2-0 score. Joel Ward and Brooks Laich had the goals for the Caps while Carey Price took the loss for Montreal. It was also the game where Tinordi was ejected for an elbow on Nate Schmidt that resulted in him receiving 24 penalty minutes.
Projected Montreal Lines:
Eller – Galchenyuk – Semin
Fleischmann – Desharnais – Weise
Andrighetto – Hudon – Flynn
Crisp – McCarron – Thomas
Markov – Subban
Tinordi – Gilbert
Beaulieu – Lernout
Projected Washington Lines:
Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Oshie
Chimera – Burakovsky – Williams
Vrana – Roy – Brown
Collins – Stephenson – Galiev
Orlov – Carlson
Chorney – Stanton
Siegenthaler – Carrick
On the injury front, Max Pacioretty briefly took part in the morning skate but didn’t participate in many drills. Lars Eller, who left practice early on Wednesday after being high sticked, is ready to go and will play tonight.
Brett Lernout is making his preseason debut for the Canadiens and is doing so on his 20th birthday.
Puck drop is at 7:30 PM. The game can only be seen on RDS and as always, regional restrictions will apply.
The Habs will be back in action on Friday as they host Chicago before travelling to Toronto on Saturday for a rematch against the Leafs.