Desharnais will be a healthy scratch against Blues

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:

Bournival-Plekanec-Gionta
Pacioretty-Galchenyuk-Gallagher
Leblanc-Eller-Bourque
St-Pierre-White-Parros

Markov-Subban
Diaz-Gorges
Murray-Bouillon

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

Canadiens vs. Blues Preview, NHL.com

Game Day Report, Canadiens.com

Post-practice locker-room video, Canadiens.com

Halak would enjoy a Montreal encore, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Coach Hitchcock overhauls Blues’ top lines, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

P.K. Subban has some fun with Carey Price’s Pads, 24CH Flash video

308 Comments

  1. Bill says:

    Not looking forward to this one. I hate Hitchcock teams. Stifling defence and carefully disguised interference: it out-Devils the Devils.

  2. donmarco says:

    New thread. Game time approaches.

  3. Timo says:

    PK “Gorgie, how do I look in these pads?”
    Gorges: “You look like an idiot.”

    Good fun.

  4. HammerHab says:

    boing007 November 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm
    St Louis is offensively challenged. Can be beaten. Probably won’t happen, but it’s not an impossibility.

    Offensively challenged? Seriously? St.Louis is 2nd in the league for goals per game

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    It’ll always be Habs Inside/Out to me


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