The Canadiens held a workout at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard Friday morning before the 20 players who will face the Carolina Hurricanes in Quebec City Friday night (7:30 p.m., RDS) boarded a bus for the provincial capital.
The Canadiens’ lineup for Friday’s game includes 10 NHL players, but the focus will be on a group of players who might be getting their last chance to impress the coaches before being sent to the minors or, in the case of Michael McCarron, back to junior.
The lineup includes nine players who have spent the past week working out away from the main group and they’ll try to demonstrate why they deserve a longer look. That group is headed by Gabriel Dumont, who played 10 games with Montreal last season. He said he wasn’t surprised not to be included among the 15 forwards in the main group because he didn’t play well in his first exhibition game.
Swede Sebastien Collberg has an opportunity to shine as he plays on a line with veterans Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais. Alex Galchenyuk will be at centre between Brandon Prust and Christian Thomas.
The Carolina lineup includes a couple of former Habs – forward Aaron Palushaj and defenceman Mike Komisarek. Palushaj signed with Carolina as a free agent after splitting last season between the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs and the Colorado Avalanche. Komisarek signed with the Hurricanes after he was bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Here are the Canadiens’ lines and defence pairings for Friday’s game.
(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)