- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Thursday morning ahead of their tilt with the Blue Jackets at the Bell Centre.
- Max Pacioretty was absent from practice and will not take part in the game against the Blue Jackets. He suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of Tuesday night's game against the Jets. Pacioretty underwent on MRI on Wednesday, and the Canadiens should be provided with the results of the scan sometime on Thursday.
- Rene Bourque also wasn't present at practice. He is sick with the flu. Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that if Bourque is unable to go against Columbus, the Habs will dress seven defensemen. In his absence, Nathan Beaulieu skated on a line at practice alongside Michael Bournival and Ryan White.
- Francis Bouillon celebrated his 38th birthday on Thursday.
Lines and D pairings at practice: