David Desharnais, in the first year of a four-year, $14-million contract, will be a healthy scratch for the Canadiens when they face the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio-690).
Desharnais’s spot in the lineup will be taken by Martin St. Pierre, who was called up from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday. In 15 games this season, Desharnais has only one assist and is minus-2. St. Pierre had 3-5-8 totals in seven games with the Bulldogs this season. The 30-year-old has played 38 games in the NHL with Chicago, Boston and Ottawa, posting 3-5-8 totals.
St. Pierre will play on the fourth line with Ryan White and George Parros.
The Canadiens held an optional morning skate Tuesday in Brossard with 17 players taking part: Michael Bournival, Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, Louis Leblanc, Lars Eller, Desharnais, George Parros, Martin St. Pierre, Travis Moen, Raphael Diaz, P.K. Subban, Douglas Murray, Francis Bouillon, Alexei Emelin, Greg Pateryn, Carey Price and Peter Budaj.
For the second straight day, Brandon Prust – who is recovering from a shoulder injury – skated earlier.
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings should look against the Blues:
(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)