Watch For –
RW–Aaron Palushaj will be making his fourth appearance. He’s listed as one of three forwards on the bubble. Although he has a goal and three assists in three appearances he has not yet shown the consistency needed to earn an NHL job.
C-Andreas Engqvist will centre Palushaj. Will be making his sixth start. Was credited with three hits in Thursday’s game against the Lightning and a total of eight in the four games in which that statistic was taken. Still, the perception is he lacks a physical component to his game. He has won 23 of 37 faceoffs – 62%. He seems to be favoured to start the season with the team.
RW-Yannick Weber – The coaching staff seems to have given up on the idea of using Weber as a defenseman, at least for now. He has not been very good in this camp. This game may be his last chance.
RW-Erik Cole – It was presumed that he would be slotted on the Plekanec line. There may be a chemistry problem. He’ll be tried with Desharnais and Darche for this game. Kostitsyn goes back to Plekanec/Cammalleri.
D-Raphael Diaz – will be paired with Jaroslav Spacek. Has improved game-by-game as he becomes accustomed to NHL-size ice. Not likely to make the team ahead of Alexei Yemelin, who will sit this one out along with Jeff Woywitka.
Tonight’s Starting Lineup
67-Max Pacioretty 11-Scott Gomez 21-Brian Gionta
13-Michael Cammalleri 14-Tomas Plekanec 46-Andrei Kostitsyn
52-Mathieu Darche 51-David Desharnais 72-Erik Cole
60-Aaron Palushaj 63-Andreas Engqvist 68-Yannick Weber
75-Hal Gill 76-P.K. Subban
26-Josh Gorges 17-Chris Campoli
6-Jaroslav Spacek 61-Raphael Diaz
Goal 31-Carey Price