Throughout this shortened season, the Canadiens have been very good at rebounding after tough losses.
Following a 6-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 9th, the Habs responded by going on a five-game win streak. The Canadiens had another poor performance against the Leafs on Saturday where Carey Price allowed three goals on four shots in just over 10 minutes of the first period. Despite getting pulled on Saturday, Michel Therrien and the rest of the team have full confidence in their goaltender and know he will bounce back tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers.
This will be the final time the Habs will face the struggling Flyers this season. In the Flyers last four games, they have been out scored 12-3, which is an unusual for a team that has offensively talented players like Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and many others.
There will be a minor change to the Habs line up with Brandon Prust given the game off and Ryan White taking his spot. Prust battled a shoulder injury earlier this season and looked to have tweaked it on Saturday. Therrien said with the playoffs being only two weeks away, he wants to make sure all his players are as healthy as possible going into the post season. Prust's tweak of the shoulder is not long-term and he will play on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
Raphael Diaz is getting close to returning, skating with the team for the first time since suffering a concussion back on February 25 in the game against the Ottawa Senators.
Project lines for tonight:
Bourque - Plekanec - Gionta
Pacioretty - Desharnais - Gallagher
Galchenyuk - Eller - Ryder
Moen - Halpern - White
Markov - Bouillon
Gorges - Subban
Beaulieu - Drewiske