GameDay: Habs vs Panthers Lineups, Greg Pateryn, Quebec Nordiques

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All Habs GameDay: Tuesday March 27, 2012

On this day in hockey history 1985 – L.A.’s Marcel Dionne became the third player in NHL history to reach the 1,500 point plateau, as the Kings lost 4-3 at Calgary.

GAMEDAY: Habs hockey tonight!

FLORIDA PANTHERS (36-24-15)  MONTREAL CANADIENS (29-34-13) vs.

Last 10: Florida 5-2-3 ; Montreal 4-3-3

Bell Centre,  7:30 p.m. EST

TV: RDS, TSN2, FS-F


Projected line combinations (updated following morning skate)

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Forwards
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Erik Cole
Rene Bourque – Tomas Plekanec – Louis Leblanc
Mike Blunden – Lars Eller – Ryan White
Brad Staubitz – Petteri Nokelainen – Aaron Palushaj

Defenseman
Josh Gorges – P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov – Alexei Emelin
Frederic St. Denis – Chris Campoli

Goaltenders
Carey Price (confirmed)  – Peter Budaj

Scratches
Blake Geoffrion

Injuries
Brian Gionta (biceps) – Travis Moen (upper body) – Mathieu Darche (dizziness/upper body) – Raphael Diaz (lower body) – Scott Gomez (concussion) –  Tomas Kaberle (upper body) – Yannick Weber (lower body)

Power-play
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Cole – Markov – Subban
Bourque – Eller – Plekanec – St. Denis – Campoli

FLORIDA PANTHERS

Forwards
Tomas Fleischmann – Stephen Weiss – Tomas Kopecky
Sean Bergenheim – Marcel Goc – Mikael Samuelsson
Wojtek Wolski – Shawn Matthias – Kris Versteeg
Marco Sturm – Jerred Smithson – Scottie Upshall

Defensemen
Jason Garrison – Brian Campbell
Dmitry Kulikov – Mike Weaver
Ed Jovanovski – Erik Gudbranson

Goaltenders
Jose Theodore – Scott Clemmensen (confirmed)

Scratches

Injuries
Matt Bradley (concussion) – Jack Skille (shoulder)

GAMEDAY: All Habs Headlines

Pateryn chooses studies first: The Hamilton Bulldogs signed three players to amateur try-out contracts last week to bolster their roster. One Canadiens prospect said ‘no’ to finishing out the season with the Bulldogs.  Greg Pateryn decided to complete his school year and will graduate from the University of Michigan.

“I’m just going to graduate, figure out my contract deals sometime soon.  School’s first. … I’ll be good. Show up to camp, have a good summer and everything will take care of itself.” — Greg Pateryn

Read more: Greg Pateryn finishing school

► Quebec City gets arena: While a NHL franchise returning to Quebec City is just a Gary Bettman tease at this point, the city and Quebecor will call the commissioner’s bluff.  Construction of an 18,000-seat arena modelled after the Consul Energy Center in Pittsburgh will begin in September.  The $400-million multi-use facility is scheduled to be ready for the 2015 season — with a renovated Le Colisee serving as a temporary home if a NHL team arrives sooner.

“As of today there are no more obstacles, no more exit doors, no more uncertainty. What was, up until today, an idea, now officially takes form.” — Pierre Karl Peladeau, Quebecor

Read more: Construction on NHL-style arena in Quebec City to begin in September

► New at All Habs Hockey Magazine:

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6 Questions About Habs’ Offseason

La science s’infuse au hockey… et réflexions éparpillées

Blinded by Science… and Scattered Thoughts

Lettre ouverte à Geoff Molson

► Puck’s take: Need to know who will win tonight? Puck the Bunny will be back next game.  His record is an impressive 22-10-6.

(Feature photo by REUTERS/Rhona Wise)