There won’t be a showdown between heavyweight enforcers George Parros and John Scott Wednesday night in Buffalo (7 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Canadiens coach Michel Therrien announced after Wednesday’s morning skate that Parros will be a healthy scratch and there’s a good chance Scott won’t suit up for the Sabres, either.
There will be a good goaltending showdown with Carey Price starting for the Canadiens and Ryan Miller for the Sabres.
Francis Bouillon will also be a healthy scratch for the Canadiens with Douglas Murray filling the sixth defenceman spot. Rene Bourque, who was cleared to play Tuesday after missing three games with a groin injury, won’t be in the lineup.
The Canadiens will be looking to extend their winning streak to four games against the Sabres, while Buffalo has lost four straight and is 2-10-1 at home this season.
“We’re definitely not taking the Sabres lightly,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Buffalo after the morning skate. “I think that the players are conscious of the fact that in the NHL, every game is a tough one to play. I have no doubt about it, the guys will be ready to go tonight.”
Meanwhile, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Wednesday afternoon on his Twitter account that Canadiens assistant GM Rick Dudley has agreed to a “more lucrative deal” to stay with the Canadiens after the Sabres approached the Habs looking for permission to talk with him about their vacant GM job. (You can also see a cool photo of the outdoor rink Dreger has built in his backyard on his Twitter account.)
In other news, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin announced Wednesday that defenceman Magnus Nygren, who had been playing with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, has been reassigned to Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League.
In 16 games with Hamilton this season, Nygren posted 1-7-8 totals and had 14 penalty minutes. The 23-year-old defenceman spent the 2012-13 season with Farjestad, posting 13-19-32 totals in 51 games and earning the Salming Trophy as the league’s top defenceman.
The Canadiens selected Nygren in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2011 NHL entry draft.
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