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- With a $5 M cap hit, Sergei Gonchar is one of the most expensive d-men in franchise history. The only ones higher are P.K. Subban ($9 M), Andrei Markov ($5.75 M), Mathieu Schneider ($5.75 M), and Roman Hamrlik ($5.5 M).
The Habs finish off their 4 game in 4 nights stint by hosting the Florida Panthers on Monday night at the Bell Centre. Sunday's victory over Minnesota pushed Montreal's preseason record to an even 2-2 while the Panthers are tied for the most wins in the East with a 3-0 mark. Carey Price gets the nod for the Habs while Tomas Vokoun starts for Florida.
Last night, the Habs rebounded from a 6-2 shellacking in Ottawa to beat the Wild 4-3. Despite having regulars like Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta, and Andrei Kostitsyn in the lineup, the youngsters provided the scoring. Andreas Engqvist, Ryan White, and Brendon Nash, all rookies, scored for Montreal while offseason acquisition Dustin Boyd was the only "regular" to tally for the Habs. Alex Auld was relatively untested in the game, making 11 saves on 14 shots. Sunday's Boxscore
The Habs have made some changes to Team A as a result of the
18 cuts announced
Monday afternoon. Here is tonight's reported roster (players who
played Sunday night in italics):
Cammalleri - Plekanec - Eller
Pouliot - Desharnais - Lapierre
Pyatt - Maxwell - White
Moen - Engqvist - Dumont
Spacek - Weber
Gill* - Gorges
Picard - Subban
* if Gill can't go, Alex Henry, who also played Sunday, is expected to suit up
Price (will play the full 60 minutes)
As for Florida, their full lineup has not been released yet but the following players are expected to play tonight:
G Tomas Vokoun (40 minutes), G Jacob Markstrom (20 minutes), F, Michael
Frolik, F Stephen Weiss, F David Booth, F Radek
Dvorak, D Bryan McCabe, D Bryan Allen, D Dennis Wideman, D Erik Gudbranson, and
D Keaton Ellerby, with the latter two playing in their fourth consecutive game.
The Panthers' top line will consist of Booth, Weiss, and Frolik.
Preseason Scoring Leaders:
|Goals||David Booth (2)||Boyd/Plekanec (2)|
|Assists||Dadonov/Frolik (2)||Josh Gorges (3)|
|Points||Paetsch/Callahan (2)||Plekanec/Gorges (3)|
|+/-||Reasoner/Grant (+3)||Gill/Pacioretty (+2)|
|PIMS||Triston Grant (9)||Ian Schultz (12)|
Puck drop is at 7:30 PM EST on RDS.