VANCOUVER - In Monday's practice notebook, Brandon Davidson dishes on possibly playing against Vancouver, Carey Price gets plenty of love from his teammates, and status updates on Tomas Plekanec and Alexander Radulov.
HOPING FOR A SHOT: It looks like newcomer Brandon Davidson could very well make his Habs debut on Tuesday night against the Canucks. The 25-year-old defenseman, who was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers last week, skated alongside Jeff Petry on Monday afternoon as Claude Julien's contingent hit the ice for practice at Rogers Arena.
The Canadiens' No. 88 hasn't seen game action since February 24, so the prospect of potentially suiting up in the Lower Mainland had him smiling bright in the locker room alongside his new teammates.
"I haven't gotten the green light entirely yet. I know that the way things looked in practice, it kind of seems like that, so I won't know for sure until [Tuesday], but I'm excited if that's the case," said Davidson, who averaged 15:24 of ice time per night in 28 appearances with the Oilers this season before joining the CH. "I'm really looking forward to getting back in the lineup. I had to sit out a few games before trade deadline. It's kind of new territory for me, for sure. I can't wait to put on a Habs jersey and get out there and play again."
Video: Brandon Davidson on potentially making his Habs debut
The Lethbridge, AB native is obviously hoping to make a memorable first impression when he finally gets the call to lace up his skates.
"I want to make sure that I can go out there and prove myself to my teammates," stressed Davidson. "I think that that's first and foremost. I want to make sure that they know they can rely on me. This game's fun and that's why I play it. I'm really anxious to get out there and play."
CAREY BEING CAREY: There's no denying just how good Carey Price has been between the pipes lately, winning five of his last six starts - including four starts in a row - and surrendering just nine goals during that span.
Back on track again doing exactly what he does best, the five-time All-Star has always had an important calming effect on his teammates, all of whom are pleased to see him in fine form again.
On Monday, the Canadiens No. 31 was named the League's Third Star of the Week coming off a big win on Saturday night in Manhattan against the Rangers.
"I think he probably feels better from the bye week. I think we all do, him especially after not really getting a break from the All-Star Game as well and it being some pretty far travel to LA and back," said captain Max Pacioretty. "There are ups and downs during the season for everybody. Not everything's always going to be perfect. It's really nice to see him get rewarded."
Brendan Gallagher shared similar thoughts following Monday's on-ice session, lauding Price's consistency and dependability, even when times are tough.
"No matter what we're going through, since I've been playing with the Canadiens and Carey, it's the same thing - you know that he's going to be one of the best players on the ice," shared Gallagher, who, like Price, will be playing in front of family and friends aplenty back home in British Columbia. "His attitude hasn't changed all year and he's played a huge part in our wins lately."
STATUS UPDATES: Tomas Plekanec and Alexander Radulov were the only two players who didn't hit the ice on Monday for practice.
While Plekanec was given a maintenance day, Radulov is still dealing with a lower-body injury that kept him out of the Canadiens' most recent game in the Big Apple.
Video: Claude Julien's post-practice press conference
Following practice, Julien confirmed that Plekanec's status will be re-evaluated on Tuesday morning, while Radulov is doubtful against Vancouver.
"Radu is doubtful [for Tuesday]. I don't think one skate in the morning will be enough [for him to be ready to play]. He's been away for a while, so we're evaluating him on a daily basis, and it's the same thing for Pleky," confirmed Julien. "We'll know more later."