Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Montreal Canadiens will make a few changes to their lineup for their critical Game 6 matchup against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Forward Andrew Shaw will miss the game with an upper-body injury and will be replaced by Brian Flynn.

Rookie forward Michael McCarron will also draw into the lineup for his first career NHL playoff game. He will play with Dwight King and Steve Ott on the fourth line.

On the blue line Nathan Beaulieu be a healthy scratch with Brandon Davidson drawing in for him.

"That's why you have extra players," said Canadiens' head coach Claude Julien. "You insert players in that sometimes are fresh and can maybe give you what you need in order to get the results that you want."

Flynn has only played twice since March 7th, after missing a month with an upper body injury. He had 10 points in 51 games for the Habs this season.

McCarron had 5 points in 31 regular season games for Montreal.

"I made the decision knowing that he's going to be excited and that he's going to bring some energy," Julien said of the 22-year-old. "He's going to help us out with his size and he does have some skill." Beaulieu is a minus-3 in five games for the Canadiens. His replacement Davidson has played two games in the series.

Julien cited Davidson's defensive play and grit, saying he probably wouldn't offer the type of offense that Beaulieu could.