It sounds like we're really in for an interesting game this afternoon between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens.
To start, it's an elimination game with the Canadiens having the opportunity to put an end to the Penguins season.
It's also Sidney Crosby's 33rd birthday and the Penguins have announced they'll be benching Matt Murray who's started every game in favour of Tristan Jarry who was 0-4-0 in his last 4 regular season games with a 4.52 goals against average and .845 save percentage.
Now it's Canadiens' head coach Claude Julien's turn to make a surprise announcement.
Julien has just announced Jake Evans replacement and it's quite the interesting choice.
Julien has decided to pass up on Jordan Weal, Ryan Poehling and Charles Hudon to give Alex Belzile a chance in the lineup.
Just like Jarry, it'll be Belzile's first career playoff game.
We're definitely going to have quite the game today at 4PM EST.
Claude Julien says Alex Belzile is likely to replace Jake Evans tonight. He would be making his NHL debut at age 28 in a playoff elimination game.
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