GameDay: Habs vs Hurricanes Lineups, Pacioretty, NHL Entry Draft


All Habs GameDay: Thursday April 5, 2012

On this day in hockey history 1995 – Montreal Canadiens obtained Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov from the New York Islanders, in exchange for Kirk Muller, Mathieu Schneider and Craig Darby.

GAMEDAY: Habs hockey tonight!


Last 10: Carolina 6-3-1 ; Montreal 3-3-4

PNC Center,  7:00 p.m. EST


Projected line combinations (updated following morning skate)


Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Erik Cole
Rene Bourque – Tomas Plekanec – Louis Leblanc
Mike Blunden – Lars Eller – Blake Geoffrion
Brad Staubitz – Gabriel Dumont – Aaron Palushaj

Josh Gorges – P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov – Tomas Kaberle
Frederic St. Denis – Chris Campoli

Peter Budaj (confirmed) – Robert Mayer

Petteri Nokelainen – Alexei Emelin


Brian Gionta (biceps) – Travis Moen (upper body) – Mathieu Darche (dizziness/upper body) – Raphael Diaz (lower body) – Scott Gomez (concussion) –  Yannick Weber (lower body) – Ryan White (flu) – Carey Price (concussion)

Pacioretty – Desharnais – Cole – Markov – Subban
Bourque – Plekanec – Leblanc – St. Denis – Campoli


Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Chad LaRose
Jussi Jokinen – Jeff Skinner – Tuomo Ruutu
– Brandon Sutter – Pat Dwyer
Derek Joslin – Tim Brent – Anthony Stewart

Tim Gleason – Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison – Justin Faulk
Joni Pitkanen – Jamie McBain

Cam Ward (confirmed) – Justin Peters


Andreas Nodl (concussion) – Jaroslav Spacek (lower body)

GAMEDAY: All Habs Headlines

Pacioretty to lead Team USA? Remember those pre-trade deadline rumours that had P.K. Subban on the move to Anaheim as part of a package for Duck’s winger Bobby Ryan?  Well, Habs fans may have a chance to see Ryan and Pacioretty playing together at the world hockey championships.  Both are certain to get a call from Team USA once the NHL season is over.

Read more: USA could have stronger offense at world championships


Looking ahead to the draft: One silver lining of a dreadful hockey season is that the Canadiens will have a top five pick for the NHL Entry Draft in June.  Where they will choose is still to be determined as the Canadiens, Oilers, Islanders, Ducks and Leafs jockey for positions.  Here’s a list of draft rankings compiled by ISS. For insight into any of the players on the list, please visit the All Habs prospects section.

International Scouting Service

International Scouting Services’ list of the top draft-eligible prospects for the NHL’s 2012 Entry Draft.


Rank Player Pos Ht. Wt. S/C DoB Team League
1. NAIL YAKUPOV LW 5’10 189 L Oct. 6/93 Sarnia OHL
2. MIKHAIL GRIGORENKO RW 6’3 200 L May 16/94 Quebec QMJHL
3. FILIP FORSBERG RW 6’1 176 R Aug. 13/94 Leksands SweAI
4. JACOB TROUBA D 6’2 196 R Feb. 26/94 USA U-18 USNTDP
5. RYAN MURRAY D 6’0 201 L Sep. 27/93 Everett WHL
6. MATT DUMBA D 5’11 183 R Jul. 25/94 Red Deer WHL
7. BRENDAN GAUNCE C 6’2 215 L Mar. 25/94 Belleville OHL
8. MORGAN RIELLY D 5’11 190 L Mar. 9/94 Moose Jaw WHL
9. CODY CECI D 6’2 207 R Dec. 21/93 Ottawa OHL
10. GRIFFIN REINHART D 6’3 207 L Jan. 24/94 Edmonton WHL
11. SEBASTIAN COLLBERG RW 5’11 174 R Feb. 23/94 Vastra SweJE
12. OLLI MAATTA D 6’1 202 L Aug. 22/94 London OHL
13. MATT FINN D 6’0 195 L Feb. 24/94 Guelph OHL
14. BRADY SKJEI D 6’3 203 L Mar. 26/94 USA U-18 USNTDP
15. PONTUS ABERG LW 5’11 187 R Sep. 23/93 Djurgarden SweE
16. ALEXANDER GALCHENYUK RW 6’0 198 L Feb. 12/94 Sarnia OHL
17. SLATER KOEKKOEK D 6’2 184 L Feb. 18/94 Peterborough OHL
18. DERRICK POULIOT D 5’11 186 L Jan. 16/94 Portland WHL
19. RADEK FAKSA LW 6’3 202 L Jan. 9/94 Kitchener OHL
20. ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS C 6’1 201 L Jan. 5/94 Dubuque USHL

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► Puck’s take: Need to know who will win tonight? Puck the Bunny’s prediction will be posted soon. His record is an impressive 22-12-6.

(Feature photo by AP/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)