After losing in the shootout on Thursday, the Habs (0-0-2) will once again look to pick up their first win of the exhibition season as they host the Blackhawks (1-1-0). Here are today’s game notes.
This is the second straight year that these two teams have met in preseason action. Last October, Montreal defeated Chicago 3-1; Carey Price picked up the win while Rene Bourque, Nathan Beaulieu, and Michael Bournival scored for the Canadiens.
Projected Chicago lines:
Chicago’s forward and defence alignments aren’t yet known. Here is their skater roster for the game:
Projected Montreal lines:
Flynn – Plekanec – Gallagher
de la Rose – Mitchell – Kassian
Carr – Hudon – Smith-Pelly
Blanchard – Dumont – Gregoire
Emelin – Petry
Beaulieu – Lernout
Barberio – Johnston
– Nicolas Blanchard is a name many won’t be familiar with. He is on a training camp tryout with Montreal’s AHL affiliate in St. John’s.
– Nikita Scherbak (ankle) remains unavailable to play. He skated before practice with fellow injured forwards Mark MacMillan and tryout Markus Eisenschmid.
– Max Pacioretty skated with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher in the morning skate but obviously is still not ready to return to game action yet.
– Former Hab Francis Bouillon officially announced his retirement on Friday morning. He played with Montreal last preseason before spending the second half of the hockey season with Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss NLA.
Puck drop is at 7:30 PM. RDS will have the game (regional restrictions will apply) while CSN+ will have the game in Chicago; the NHL Network (now available only in the US) will be simulcasting their feed.