James Wisniewski greeted the Montreal media with a few words of French after his first workout with the Canadiens and said he was looking forward to playing against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. Wisniewski, who will be paired with Yannick Weber, arrived in Tampa late last night after he was delayed by the airline chaos in New York.
Alexandre Picard and the ailing Josh Gorges will be the scratches on defence tonight while Tom Pyatt is the spare forward. Picard has played the last 20 games but has struggled lately. He scored the winning goal in Carolina on Dec. 23 but he has been minus-5 in his last five games.
Carey Price will start in goal. It will be his 35th start in 38 games.