Interim head coach Martin St. Louis called Chiarot’s removal from the lineup a “management decision.” A prudent move, considering at the other end, Arizona just lost rumoured trade candidate Jakob Chychrun to injury.

Two points separate the clubs in the standings with last place in the league on the line. The 16-35-8 Habs have 40 points, while the 19-36-4 Yotes are tied at 42 points with the Seattle Kraken.

Ryan Poehling will be out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. Jesse Ylonen has been recalled from the Laval Rocket to take his place. Joel Edmundson returns to the lineup after sitting Sunday.

Sam Montembeault starts a fifth straight game in goal.

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