The Canadiens will dress seven defencemen when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night (6 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Forwards Travis Moen (upper-body injury), Alex Galchenyuk (broken hand) and Michael Bournival didn’t make the trip. Bournival, who took a stick to the face during Thursday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks is showing concussion symptoms.
“He suffered a minor concussion and he’s going to follow protocol,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Carolina after Saturday’s morning skate. “It’s nothing major, but he’s showing some symptoms so we have to be careful. He’ll miss tonight’s game, which is too bad because we’ve really liked what we’ve seen from his line. We’ll adjust. An accident happened in the last game and we’re hoping he’ll be good to go after the Olympic break.”
Bournival had been playing on a line with Ryan White and newscomer Dale Weise.
Defenceman Francis Bouillon, who has been a healthy scratch for the last eight games, will return to the lineup as the seventh defenceman.
Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens in their final game before the Olympic break. Price, who will be part of Team Canada in Sochi, has a 3-1-1 record in his last five games with two shutouts and only six goals allowed during that span.
The Hurricanes are coming off a 5-1 home win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings are expected to look against the Hurricanes:
(Photo by Dave Sidaway/The Gazette)