Based on pregame warmups:
* Zach Hamill is getting the featured look over Vladimir Sobotka between Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder. If David Krejci can't play in the season opener, Hamill may get the nod in his slot because of his skill.
* Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Ference, and Chuck Kobasew will be the alternate captains.
* Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Canadiens.