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Game Day Blog - Sharks - Feb 29

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

- The Canadiens skated at the SAP Center in San Jose on Monday – trade deadline day – ahead of their tilt against the Sharks to open a four-game road swing that will also include stops in Anaheim, Los Angeles and Winnipeg.

- Forward Mike Brown, who was Sharks property on Monday morning, was claimed off waivers by the Canadiens prior to the morning skate. The 30-year-old winger hasn’t played since Feb. 22 and has missed San Jose’s last three games. He took part in the on-ice session and skated on a line with Michel McCarron and Torrey Mitchell. Brown is sporting the No. 13 with the CH.

“It’s a little bit crazy. It’s a positive thing, though, to be going to a team that wants me and needs some help. It’s a little bit crazy how everything played out,” said Brown. “In less than 24 hours, going from one team to another and taking on that team again at night, it’s really something. It’s a big moment for me to join this team. I’ve got a good road trip to get acclimated to the group and get to know my new teammates.”

- Forward Lucas Lessio will be a healthy scratch against San Jose. On the back end, Morgan Ellis will once again have to wait his turn before hitting the ice for Michel Therrien’s troops.

- Known for being a tough place to play, the SAP Center hasn’t been kind to the Canadiens in recent years. The Habs haven’t picked up a win in San Jose since November 23, 1999. They’ve dropped eight straight games at the rink on W. Santa Clara St.

“It’s definitely a tough building to play in. I think the noise that the fans can generate is strong. I’ve heard that they’ve got a steel roof, or something like that. It gets loud. You definitely notice it,” shared Brendan Gallagher, who will be playing his third career game in San Jose on Monday night. “The Sharks seem to play much faster in this building. We haven’t had much success here since I’ve been in the league, so hopefully that changes tonight.”

- Mike Condon should get the start in goal against the Sharks. It will mark the 38th start of the season for the 25-year-old rookie netminder – and his fifth straight appearance between the pipes. Condon has played outstanding hockey in recent outings and was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week. Earlier this season, the Canadiens’ No. 39 went up against San Jose when he came on in relief of Dustin Tokarski in a 3-1 loss at the Bell Centre in mid-December. He didn’t allow a goal, stopping all six shots fired in his direction while tending goal for 29 minutes.

“I haven’t changed my style that much since the start of the season. I’ve just improved a few small details. The team has been playing really well in front of me over the last four games. This honor is all about teamwork,” said Condon, who elected to speak to media members on game day to discuss the third-star honor. “The more I keep playing, the more comfortable I’m getting in goal.”

- Immediately after practice, forward Devante Smith-Pelly was traded to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Stefan Matteau.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on RDS and Sportsnet East.

Lines and D pairings at practice:
Pacioretty – Plekanec – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – Eller – Andrighetto
Brown – Mitchell – McCarron
Byron – Danault – De La Rose
Markov – Subban
Emelin – Pateryn
Bartley – Barberio
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