- The Canadiens held a morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Friday before traveling to the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City to take on the Avalanche.
- The players were separated into three groups at practice; Group A, Group B, and the group traveling to Quebec City.
- Brandon Prust, David Desharnais, Nathan Beaulieu and Nikita Scherbak will suit up for a second game in as many nights against the Avs, while a number of Habs rookies will also get to experience an NHL game at the former home of the Nordiques.
- Goalies Joey MacDonald and Dustin Tokarski should share the work in goal for the Habs.
- Rene Bourque wasn’t at practice on Friday, benefiting instead from a day of therapy.
- Tim Bozon, who battled meningitis over the winter and is now at the Canadiens main camp, will play his first game in a Habs uniform in Quebec City.
“I’m extremely happy and proud. It’s another step in my rehabilitation. I think about my family and everything I’ve accomplished over the last five months. To wear the Canadiens uniform for the first time is an honor,” said the young forward who should be paired with Gabriel Dumont and Nick Sorkin. “I hope I can produce offensively and see how I stack-up to NHL competition. I’m an offensive player and that’s what the Canadiens are expecting from me, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I’m going to go out and have fun with my teammates.”
If being at camp at all is an accomplishment in itself for Bozon, then getting to play in an NHL exhibition game is an added bonus that the French left-winger is more than happy to undertake.
“I’ve always believed, but I also need to be realistic. I’m coming back from a lot. I told myself that when I’d get the chance to play in a game again, it would be a gift, and tonight it's finally happening.”
- While officially, it’s the Habs versus the Avalanche in Quebec City on Friday, some players are expecting to see more than a few Nordiques jerseys in the stands.
“I think it’s going to be intense tonight. I imagine the fans in Quebec will want to show their colors,” said Francis Bouillon ahead of his first game of the preseason. “Quebec has wanted a team for a long time now, and with a night like tonight, the atmosphere will be electric. I’m eager to see whose side the crowd is on. It could be half-half, but it’s been awhile since the Nordiques left for Colorado. I think the fans will be behind us, but it should be interesting to see.”