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Rusnak: With Gallagher out, Eller gets offensive opportunity

Jessica Rusnak

2/18/2013 2:23:32 PM

The Montreal Canadiens hope to keep their three-game win streak alive as they host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at the Bell Centre.

With the absence of Brendan Gallagher, who is out with a concussion, Lars Eller gets the opportunity to play a more offensive role in tonight's contest. Eller, who has been centering the fourth line, will play right wing on a line with Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais.

After a rocky start to the season that resulted in him getting benched for two games due to his poor performance in the home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Eller has since been able to regain Michel Therrien's confidence. The head coach said he liked what he has seen from him in the past few games and if he continues to play at that level he will get more opportunities.

Carey Price was back in Brossard for the first time since becoming ill with the stomach flu, sayiing he felt better but his energy level was low. He will take part in tomorrow's morning skate and will see if he feels well enough to play in New York against the Rangers on Tuesday night.

Expected lines for tonight:

Bourque - Plekanec - Gionta
Prust - Galchenyuk - Cole
Pacioretty - Desharnais - Eller
Moen - White - Armstrong

Markov - Emelin
Gorges - Diaz
Bouillon - Subban