Canadiens defenceman Greg Pateryn talks to the media following Saturday’s morning skate. He’ll make his NHL début vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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The Canadiens, 15-5-4 and atop the NHL’s Eastern Conference, take on the bottom-feeding Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at 7 p.m. ET to kick off a weekend doubleheader in the Sunshine State.
Lineup changes for the Canadiens: Hamilton Bulldogs callup Greg Pateryn will replace Tomas Kaberle on the blue line, while Gabriel Dumont will sub in on the fourth line, sending Ryan White to the press box. Dumont will play with Travis Moen and Colby Armstrong. Carey Price is in goal for the Habs.
Lightning head coach Guy Boucher announced that Cédrick Desjardins, a former Canadiens farmhand, will be his starting goaltender. Desjardins now will have played two-thirds of his NHL games against the Habs; he beat Montreal 4-1 on Dec. 30, 2010 in his NHL début, then defeated the New York Rangers the following night.
Live updates were via Twitter. Follow me at @Dave_Stubbs for more on the Habs beat, including live stuff during tonight’s game and tomorrow’s 6 p.m. ET start in Sunrise, Fla., vs. the Florida Panthers.
Here’s callup Greg Pateryn, a few hours before his NHL début:
Head coach Michel Therrien, en français (apologies for the audio rumble of unknown source):
Crank up your volume on this one:
And a little skate-by action at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday morning: