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Preseason Game #5 ~ Devils @ Canadiens. Monday, September 23rd, 2013.


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The Canadiens begin their final week of preseason hockey with a Monday night tilt against the Devils at the Bell Centre.

With three preseason games remaining before the start of the regular season, the Habs’ brass still has a few decisions to make with respect to the team with which they’ll start the 2013-14 campaign. Three additional players were released from training camp on Sunday, including Michael McCarron, Sebastian Collberg and Dustin Tokarski.

While the results of these matches have no bearing on the NHL standings, head coach Michel Therrien’s squad will attempt to register its first win of the preseason on home ice. In their last outing on Saturday night, the Canadiens dropped a 3-1 decision to the Hurricanes at the Bell Centre. Michael Bournival scored the lone goal for the Habs. It was the Shawiningan, QC native’s fourth goal of the preseason. Bournival will be in uniform against the Devils.

After being sidelined with minor injuries, Francis Bouillon and Travis Moen will return to the lineup. Monday night’s game could provide a good indication of which players will ultimately suit up for the Canadiens on October 1st. Aside from Bournival, Therrien has elected to go with an experienced squad against New Jersey.

For their part, the Devils will be playing their fourth game of the preseason, and the first of two games in as many nights as they head to Phildelphia on Tuesday. In their last outing on Saturday night against the Islanders, goaltender Cory Schneider stopped 26 shots in a 3-0 shutout victory. The Devils’ new netminder has yet to give up a goal in five periods of play since the start of the preseason.

Given that Schneider played the Devils’ last game in its entirety, Martin Brodeur could be in the visiting team’s net on Monday night. The veteran netminder has played just two periods of hockey since the preseason schedule began.

Following Monday’s tilt, the Canadiens will have only two preseason games remaining, both of which will be played against the Senators as part of a home-and-home series on Wednesday and Thursday.

Lineup

30 - Peter Budaj
31 - Carey Price

42 - Jarred Tinordi
26 - Josh Gorges
55 - Francis Bouillon
61 - Raphael Diaz
76 - P.K. Subban
79 - Andrei Markov

8 - Brandon Prust
11 - Brendan Gallagher
14 - Tomas Plekanec
17 - Rene Bourque
27 - Alex Galchenyuk
32 - Travis Moen
48 - Daniel Brière
51 - David Desharnais
53 - Ryan White
67 - Max Pacioretty
81 - Lars Eller
49 - Michaël Bournival

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Big win for Prust there against the bigger guy.

He's tough as nails, reminds me a bit of Nilan. Jack of all trades, some offense, defense, enforcement and agitator.

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He's tough as nails, reminds me a bit of Nilan. Jack of all trades, some offense, defense, enforcement and agitator.

He's definitely playing a much more multidimensional game since he signed here. Maybe Tortorella/the Rangers felt they had enough depth without him playing like this, or they didn't know his abilities, etc. But he's been way better here, I think.

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He's definitely playing a much more multidimensional game since he signed here. Maybe Tortorella/the Rangers felt they had enough depth without him playing like this, or they didn't know his abilities, etc. But he's been way better here, I think.

For sure, they didn't use him to the best of his ability. They put him into one roll and he proved coming here that he's much more versatile. I'm sure there are some Rag fans and some in the organization who are kicking themselves now.

These type of players are rare. Quality grinder.

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