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Game Day - Blues - February 24

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

- After traveling to St. Louis on Monday, the Canadiens held a morning skate at Scottrade Center on Tuesday ahead of their tilt against the Blues.

- All of Michel Therrien’s troops were present and accounted for at practice, except for newcomer Devante Smith-Pelly, who was acquired from Anaheim on Tuesday morning in exchange for Jiri Sekac. Smith-Pelly, who is still in Southern California, will not suit up against St. Louis. He should, however, join his new teammates on Wednesday in Columbus. He will sport No. 21 for the Canadiens.

"I see it as a trade where two teams fulfilled their respective needs. We let Jiri go. He’s an excellent skater. He can make plays. But, we went out and got a player that plays hard minutes. He’s a physical guy. He’s good on the forecheck. He’s good along the boards. He’s also a young player with a lot of potential," offered Therrien. "We like his intensity. He’s a guy who finishes his hits. He’s got playoff experience. He’s had a lot of success for his age. There’s good potential to work with a young guy like that."

- Following practice, Therrien confirmed that he’d be utilizing the same line combinations and defensive pairings on Tuesday night that have been featured at practice as of late. That means that Alex Galchenyuk will be back in the lineup on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Lars Eller. Galchenyuk had missed the last two games due to illness.

- Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau took part in his first practice alongside his teammates since suffering a concussion back on January 15. Parenteau’s return to active duty is still unknown.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on RDS and Sportsnet East.

Probable lineup vs. St. Louis

Pacioretty – Desharnais - Gallagher
Eller – Plekanec – Galchenyuk
Bournival – Malhotra – Thomas
Prust – De La Rose- Weise

Subban - Markov
Beaulieu - Gilbert
Pateryn - Tinordi
Gonchar – Weaver

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