BROSSARD – The Canadiens held a morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex, ahead of the evening’s game against the Boston Bruins
- The coaches spent time before the start of practice working on the powerplay. Thomas Vanek lined up alongside David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty on the first powerplay wave while Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher and Daniel Briere alternated as the forwards on the second wave.
- The Habs are gearing up for their third season match-up against the Bruins, having won the two previous 2013-14 confrontations against Boston. Going back to last season, Montreal is a perfect 5-0 against their division rival.
“They’ve been close games and we’ve just been on the better side of those close games. For us we just want to focus on what we do well. We’re a fast team so we want to get on the forecheck and play an intense style of hockey,” acknowledged Brendan Gallagher. “Everyone knows the style the Bruins want to play. They’re a big, physical team which can hit and make plays. We’ve been successful at sticking with what we do well and we need to do that again tonight.”
- Francis Bouillon will draw back into the lineup on Wednesday night. It will be the veteran defenseman’s 38th game of the season, he who had been in and out of the lineup due to a glut of defensemen on the roster.
“It wont be the first time that I come back into the lineup after missing several games,” said Bouillon, who is in his 11th season with the Habs. “It’s not easy to get back and find your full confidence. I’ll try to stay in my game plan and find my game as quickly as possible. The game against the Bruins will be very important for the standings at the end of the season.”
“I have full confidence that Francis Bouillon will be a strong presence for us,” offered coach Michel Therrien, who paired the veteran blueliner with P.K. Subban during the morning skate and also employed him on powerplay drills. “He’s always had a great work ethic and attitude even when he is not playing, and he’s in good enough shape to handle a big workload.”
- Michael Bournival practiced wearing a non-contact jersey
- Brandon Prust will return to the lineup against the Bruins.
- Carey Price participated in the full on-ice workout and is nearing a return to play.
- Peter Budaj will make the start against Boston. The Slovakian netminder was in front of the net in the Habs’ last game versus the Bruins, a 4-1 win in Boston.