- The Canadiens practiced at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Monday morning before hitting the road for Quebec City where they’ll battle the Pittsburgh Penguins in preseason action at the Videotron Centre. It will mark the Habs’ fifth preseason game of the year.
- The Canadiens will be featuring a lineup befitting the opening of the brand new building. Those players hitting the ice in La Vieille Capitale still vying for roster spots include forward Charles Hudon, defenseman Mark Barberio and goaltender Mike Condon, who will likely serve as Carey Price’s back-up for Monday night’s tilt.
- Nikita Scherbak, who has been sidelined for the last week with a lower-body injury, will also be in uniform on Monday night. It will mark the 19-year-old’s 2015-16 preseason debut. He should play on a line with Brian Flynn and Charles Hudon.
“I’m really happy that I’m able to play my first game with the guys against the Penguins tonight,” offered Scherbak, who is happy to be playing alongside Hudon. “He’s a good player. We played together last year in a preseason game against the Bruins. I liked playing with him and we’re going to have fun tonight.”
- For his part, Max Pacioretty skated on a line with Tomas Plekanec and David Desharnais even though he won’t suit up against Pittsburgh.
- Given that Therrien elected to make the trip to Quebec City with one extra forward and one extra defenseman, the Canadiens rotated several players through line drills on Monday morning. It’s likely, though, that the Semin-Galchenyuk-Eller and Fleischmann-Desharnais-Weise trios will remain intact. Fans will also have the opportunity to see the defensive pairing of Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban in action.
- Speaking of Subban, the former Norris Trophy winner is eager to hit the ice at the Videotron Centre for what he believes will be a memorable experience for all involved.
“I’m always excited to play in Quebec. Sometimes, I wish all 82 games were played here in Montreal. It would be great to have that hometown crowd, and we’re going to have that again tonight, I think. The guys are excited. It’s still preseason, but we are getting closer to the regular season so every game now gets a little bit more exciting for sure. We all know about the history of the NHL and the Nordiques in Quebec City. Whenever the Canadiens come to town, it seems that everybody gets excited,” explained Subban, who is looking forward to checking out the new building on Monday night. “Whenever you can play these games that have more attention around them, you always look forward to them. It’s going to be a special crowd and a special atmosphere. It always is.”
- The Penguins will be bringing a mix of veterans and young guns to Quebec City. NHL regulars in the Mike Johnston’s lineup include Marc-Andre Fleury, Rob Scuderi, Beau Bennett, Pascal Dupuis, Nick Bonino, Sergei Gonchar, David Perron and Kris Letang.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on RDS.