The Canadiens open their seven game exhibition schedule Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins. The Canadiens will play the first four of those games over a six game span this week including back to back games Thursday at the Bell Centre and then Friday in Quebec City against Patrick Roy’s Colorado Avalanche.
The Bruins bring the minimum eight “veteran” players to Montreal for Tuesday’s game including front line forwards David Krejci, Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg plus defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. Simon Gagne will also be in Boston’s lineup under a tryout contract. (You can read the NHL Exhibition ‘veteran participation rule’ below). Canadiens nemesis Milan Lucic has been kept out of much of early training camp because of a wrist injury.
Malcolm Subban will be in goal for half of the game but the Canadiens have elected to sit brother P.K. out of this one.
Tomas Plekanec will centre a line with rookies Jiri Sekac and Jacob De La Rose. Nikita Scherbak will be back; this time on a line with rookie centre Charles Hudon and left wing Rene Bourque.
25-Jacob De La Rose 14-Tomas Plekanec 26-Jiri Sekac
17-Rene Bourque 75-Charles Hudon 38-Nikita Scherbak
97-Nick Sorkin 58-Sven Andrighetto 60-Christian Thomas
96-Drayson Bowman 53-Jake Dowell 34-Michael McCarron
79-Andrei Markov 77-Tom Gilbert
24-Jarred Tinordi 64-Greg Pateryn
78-Joe Finley 36-Magnus Nygren
25-Matt Fraser 46-David Krejci 21-Loui Eriksson
75-Anthony Camara 34-Carl Soderberg 68-Brian Ferlin
20-Daniel Paille 51-Ryan Spooner Simon Gagne
38-Jordan Caron 23-Chris Kelly 66-Tyler Randell
44-Dennis Seidenberg 55-Johnny Boychuk
79-David Warsofsky 86-Kevan Miller
45-Joe Morrow 65-Chris Castro
NHL Exhibition “Veteran Participation” Rule
15.4 Exhibition Games.
(c) A Club shall be permitted to dress a minimum of eight (8) veterans for any Exhibition Game. For purposes of this Section 15.4(c), a veteran shall constitute either:
(1) a forward or defenseman who played in thirty (30) NHL Games during the previous season,
(2) a goaltender who either dressed in fifty (50) or more NHL Games or played in thirty (30) or more NHL Games in the previous season,
(3) a first round draft choice from the most recent year’s Entry Draft, or
(4) any Player who has played one-hundred (100) or more career NHL Games.