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Who will Tomas Plekanec play with?
Alex Galchenyuk was injured in last week's game against the Chicago Blackhawks and has already been declared out for the first round at least. While he may not be a true impact player yet, his injury has created some issues with Michel Therrien's line combinations up front.
Montreal's first line is set in stone with David Desharnais centering Max Pacioretty and Thomas Vanek. After that it becomes a bit of a guessing game.
Using Montreal's line combinations from its last two games doesn't help predict its lines in Game 1. Lars Eller, who had missed the previous three games with the flu, will be back, according to Stu Cowen of Hockey Inside/Out.
Cowen also reports that Brandon Prust, who missed the final 12 regular-season games, could return but is still listed as day-to-day. Travis Moen did not practice with the team, which means he likely won't be ready for the first game.
Therrien is a constant line juggler and won't hesitate to shake things up once the series begins, but here are some possible combinations for Game 1.
Tomas Plekanec will center the second line and likely have Brendan Gallagher on his right. Rene Bourque is a strong option to replace Galchenyuk on the left side.
Lars Eller will center the third line and will probably see Brian Gionta on his right and Daniel Briere on his left.
That leaves Ryan White, Michael Bournival and Dale Weise to round out the fourth line, making Michael Blunden and George Parros healthy scratches.
If and when Prust and Moen return, they will be inserted into the lineup at the expense of whoever is not performing. Bourque, White and Bournival are the candidates to be scratched later in the series.
Those who follow the Canadiens know that only one thing is certain when it comes to the forward lines: They will not stay the same for any length of time. Line combinations are always a question with this team.