The softer side of Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was on display as he discussed the lineup changes for Saturday night’s game against the Nashville Predators (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Therrien revealed he would dress veteran defenceman Francis Bouillon, who has appeared in only four of the Canadiens’ last 16 games. The move wasn’t unexpected because the coach has a history with Bouillon and the defenceman has a history with the Predators.

“I have a lot of respect for (Bouillon) and he played here for many years and we think it’s the right thing to do,” said Therrien, whose association with the 38-year-old Bouillon dates back to their involvement with another predatory team.

Therrien coached Bouillon in 1996 when the Granby Prédateurs won the Memorial Cup.

Bouillon has played most of his National Hockey League career with the Canadiens, but made two stops in Music City. The Predators picked Bouillon up on waivers in 2002, but he played only four games before going back on waivers and returning to Montreal.

The defenceman returned to Nashville in 2009 after Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey cut him loose. Bouillon went to camp on a tryout basis and made the Predators, played 81 games that season and was rewarded with a new two-year contract.

“I was struggling and coming back from an injury, but (Nashville general manager) David Poile called me and gave me a chance and I really appreciated that,” Bouillon said after practice Friday. “I had three great years here and I really liked the city, so this is a special day for me.”

Bouillon returned to the Canadiens before last season’s lockout. The Canadiens were looking for insurance on the blue line and his relationship with Therrien was a factor in the decision to sign him.

There could be one other lineup change from Thursday night’s 5-1 thrashing in St. Louis. Therrien said his intention was to get veteran forward Daniel Brière back in the lineup after he was a healthy scratch against the Blues.