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David Schlemko is set to make his season debut tonight with the Canadiens, per coach Claude Julien. The 31-year-old has missed the past six weeks, after getting a knee injury in the preseason. In the 2017/2018 season, the defenceman had one goal and five assists.
Brock Boeser has missed the past two games due to a groin injury. Head coach Travis Green updated the media on Boeser's injury, saying that he saw a specialist after his negative MRI results and will be on a week-to-week basis. Green also said that Jacob Markstrom will start in net against Buffalo.
Goaltender Dan Vladar has been recalled from Boston's AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins on emergency basis. Tuukka Rask was granted a leave of absence, relating to a personal matter on Friday with no expected return time.
Marcus Kruger will be absent in today's game due to a leg injury, missing his first game of the season. Luke Johnson will replace him on the line.
Brandon Manning will also take Brandon Davidson's spot in the lineup, according to head coach Jeremy Colliton.
Winger Brandon Saad will not play in today's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, due to a right arm injury. Saad has played in 16 games this season, with four goals and four assists.
John Carlson is getting on the ice for practice today, according to NHL's Tom Gulitti. The 28-year-old missed Friday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets due to a lower body injury. Carlson has been averaging 26 minutes per game this season, with five goals and 13 assists in 14 games.
Evgeny Kuznetsov is not practicing with the Capitals today because of a family/personal matter, per NHL's Gulitti.
Coach Mike Sullivan confirms that Casey DeSmith will be the starting goaltender tonight against the Arizona Coyotes. DeSmith has started in five games this season, with a 2-1-2 record and a .929 save percentage.
Matt Murray, Pittsburgh's traditional starting goalie, did not play in the team's last game on November 7. The 24-year-old has lost his last 4 games, resulting in a falling record of 4-4-1.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Victor Hedman will be back in the lineup tonight, after missing the last seven games with an upper-body injury.
Projected lineup for Saturday's game:
Starting lineup against the Vancouver Canucks: