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Rusnak: Diaz returns to Canadiens lineup against Capitals

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Jessica Rusnak
4/20/2013 3:02:20 PM
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Raphael Diaz will make his return to the Habs lineup on Saturday in their final home game of the regular season against the Washington Capitals. Diaz has missed the last 25 games with a concussion he suffered on February 25 against the Ottawa Senators. His return couldn't have come at a better time as the Canadiens' defence has been struggling since losing Alexei Emelin to a season-ending knee injury.

"He's a guy who can play on the power play, the penalty kill, five-on-five, whatever you need him to do, he'll do it" said Josh Gorges about the impact Diaz will have on the blueline. Michel Therrien has decided to make Davis Drewiske a healthy scratch, giving the Habs' other Swiss defenceman, Yannick Weber the opportunity once again to prove he is a top 6 defenceman. Weber has been a healthy scratch for 32 games this year.

After being a game-time decision Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Habs were expecting to have Colby Armstrong back as well, but the team decided it would be safer to wait until Armstrong is 100 per cent ready to return since the playoffs are right around the corner.

The Habs announced that Brandon Prust is this year's recipient of the Jacques Beauchamp Trophy. Montreal Media awards this trophy to the player they believe is the unsung hero of the team. Prust will be presented with the trophy prior to tonight's game.

A fan at the Habs practice facility in Brossard made a sign asking Brendan Gallagher to be her date to the prom. Gallagher said he saw the sign and added this isn't the first time this year he has been asked by a fan to be their date to the prom.

"I think I'm going to have to hold auditions to see whose prom I'm going to go to," he said jokingly after practice.

Lines:

Pacioretty - Plekanec - Gionta
Bourque - Desharnais - Ryder
Galchenyuk - Eller - Gallagher
Prust - Halpern - Moen

Markov - Diaz
Gorges - Subban
Bouillon - Weber

Raphael Diaz (Photo: Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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