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Canadiens forced to adjust as Desharnais has the flu

Montreal Canadiens v Ottawa Senators - Game Six

David Desharnais

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The Montreal Canadiens are hoping to even their series with the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 tonight, but they will have to do so without the services of David Desharnais. The 28-year-old forward is battling the flu and is consequently not playing.

Desharnais had 14 goals and 48 points in 82 games in the regular season. He’s recorded two assists in seven playoff contests. This is the first time he’s missed a Canadiens game since the start of the campaign.

Brian Flynn has drawn into the lineup as a result and is centering a line that includes Alex Galchenyuk and Dale Weise.

Montreal surrendered a sixth round pick to acquire Flynn from the Buffalo Sabres on March 2. The 26-year-old had five goals and 17 points in 63 contests in the regular season. He has another goal and three points in five postseason games.

#Habs lines in warmup: Pacioretty-Plekanec-Gallagher; Galchenyuk-Flynn-Weise; Prust-Eller-Parenteau; De La Rose-Mitchell-Smith-Pelly

— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) May 3, 2015

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