Dale Weise will make his Canadiens debut Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Weise, acquired from the Vancouver Canucks on Monday in exchange for defenceman Raphael Diaz, took part in Tuesday’s morning skate in Brossard, skating on a line with Michael Bournival and Ryan White (photo above).
White, who led the team in its morning stretch, will be back in the lineup for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on Jan. 2. He missed 14 games.
Travis Moen didn’t take part in the morning skate because of a lower-body injury and won’t play against the Flames. George Parros will be a healthy scratch at forward and defenceman Francis Bouillon will also sit this one out.
“I think I can bring a physical presence to the (Canadiens),” Weise, a right-winger, said on a conference call Monday after the trade was made. “I’m a good skater and I work hard and my success is down low and hanging onto pucks and being physical and trying to get to the hard areas to score goals.
“I’m not sure where I’m going to fit in just yet. I’m just looking forward to coming in and trying to play hard and trying to find a spot.
“(The trade) comes as a little bit of a shock to me,” added Weise, who will wear No. 22 with the Habs. “I think any time you hear rumours around you think about it but there’s so many (rumours) that go around and you just never know.
“I didn’t put too much thought into it … I was shocked when I heard about it today.”
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has 10 goals, 16 assists and 185 penalty minutes in 162 career NHL games. In 44 games this season with the Canucks, Weise had 3-9-12 totals with 42 penalty minutes and was minus-1.
Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Brossard Tuesday morning that Weise fills a need for the team with his physical presence.
“He’s very explosive on the ice, especially on the forecheck,” the coach said. “That’s one of the reasons that we’re very happy to have acquired him. We told him that we want him to be himself and we want to make sure he’s playing his own game. He brings some speed, he’s good on the forecheck, he plays the wall well, and he’s got some size. He fills a need that we’ve been looking for.”
Alex Galchenyuk, who has been sidelined since breaking his hand in early January, skated before the team’s morning skate and was taking shots.
The Flames come to Montreal on a five-game winning streak and beat the Canadiens in their previous meeting this season, 3-2 in Calgary on Oct. 9. The Canadiens are 2-5-1 in their last eight games.
Carey Price is expected to start in goal for the Canadiens.
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at the morning skate:
Gionta – Plekanec – Briere
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
Prust – Eller – Bourque
Bournival – White – Weise
Gorges – Subban
Markov – Emelin
Beaulieu – Murray
Drewiske – Bouillon
(Photo by Allen McInnis/The Gazette)