The Canadiens trimmed five players from their training camp roster yesterday and today divided the remaining players into two groups for the purpose of their seven game exhibition schedule.

Under NHL rules, there must be eight NHL experienced players in the lineup for each game (30 NHL games last year or 100 career-first round draft picks can be included in the quota).

The Canadiens will open their exhibition schedule at the Bell Centre tomorrow night against Boston. Twenty members of the 24 player “A” group will see action. The “B” group will play Friday night at home against Ottawa.

The “A” Group    Projected Starting Lines and Defense Pairings

Left Wing                         Centre                   Right Wing

13-Michael Cammalleri   14-Tomas Plekanec 51-Aaron Palushaj 

94-Tom Pyatt                 15-Jeff Halpern        40-Maxim Lapierre

82-Andrew Conboy         71-Louis Leblanc     37-Gabriel Dumont

57-Benoit Pouliot            61-Ben Maxwell       32-Travis Moen    

Defence       Left                        Right

            42-Jarred Tinordi     6-Jaroslav Spacek

            75-Hal Gill             26-Josh Gorges

            62-Fred. St. Denis 68-Yannick Weber

Goal 

31-Carey Price

30-Curtis Sanford

Group “A” Players not dressed for Game One – C Olivier Fortier, RW Ian Schultz, D David Urquhart, D Sebastien Bisaillon.

The “B” Group

Left Wing                Centre             Right Wing

21-Brian Gionta      11-Scott Gomez 46-Andrei Kostitsyn

52-Mathieu Darche 17-Dustin Boyd  53-Ryan White

67-Max Pacioretty   81-Lars Eller      48-J.T. Wyman

70-Jimmy Bonneau 49-Ryan Russell 36-Alexander Avtsin

                              63-Andreas Engqvist

                              58-David Desharnais

Defence          Left                   Right

               24-Alex Henry        20-Ryan O’Byrne

               47-Brendan Nash   76-P.K. Subban

               85-M.A. Desnoyers 56-Kyle Klubertanz

                                              72-Mathieu Carle

Goal

35-Alex Auld

65-Robert Mayer

84-Nicholas Delmas