Peter Budaj gets the call to play against the Nashville Predators on Saturday.
The headline tells you all you need to know about the Canadiens as they prepare for the Nashville Predators Saturday in Music City.
Gomez, who’s missed nine games with an upper-body injury, is expected to start as a fourth-line winger, though how long he remains there is uncertain.
Michael Cammalleri, nursing a bum leg as the result of an Edmonton Oiler’s knee in the first period of Tuesday’s game, will be a game-time decision, having sat out Thursday’s victory over the Coyotes in Phoenix.
Andrei Kostitsyn remains out with an unspecified lower-body injury. Yannick Weber will return to action on defence, sending Alexei Emelin back to the press box, and Peter Budaj will make his second start in goal to wrap up a three-game Habs week.
Lines for the Habs in Phoenix before the team chartered to Nashville: Moen-Plekanec-Gionta; Cole-Desharnais-Pacioretty; Darche-Eller-Palushaj; Gomez-Nokelainen-Blunden.