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Game Day: Canadiens @ Predators

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

- The Canadiens held an optional morning skate at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Monday morning. Sixteen skaters and both goalies took part in the practice.

- Among those not on the ice on Monday was defenseman Jeff Petry, who missed the end of Saturday’s game in Dallas with an upper body injury. He will not be in the lineup against the Predators and will be re-evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

- Jarred Tinordi will replace Petry in the lineup on Monday night, giving the 6-foot-6 blue-liner a chance to suit up for his first NHL game of the campaign. Tinordi spent just over a week in St. John’s on a conditioning loan, from November 26 to December 6, giving the 23-year-old defenseman a chance to get into some game action. He registered two assists and posted a plus-3 differential during his six game stint in the AHL.

“We sent Tinordi to play a few games in the American league. It was important for him to participate in some games,” explained Therrien of the 2010 first round pick. “This is an opportunity for him with Petry out. He has to keep things simple, play well defensively, and make a good first pass. He has to focus on basics, which is what we ask of all our defensemen.”

- Looking to spark his offense, Michel Therrien mixed up his lines on Sunday, which included reuniting David Desharnais with Max Pacioretty. The pair has played together for the majority of their respective careers, including almost all of 2013-14, when Pacioretty finished with 39 goals in 73 games.

“We hope that putting them together will get them going,” explained Therrien. “We need more offensive contribution from our forwards, but we need to get some from our defense, too.”

- In addition to his forward trios, Therrien will also be shuffling his defense pairings heading into Monday’s game. Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin will play together, while Tinordi will slide in alongside Tom Gilbert. The P.K. Subban/Nathan Beaulieu duo will remain intact.

- Dustin Tokarski will be between the pipes for the Canadiens against the Predators. In five games this season, the 26-year-old netminder has a 1-2-0 record and a 2.95 goals-against average. This will be Tokarski’s first career start against the Preds.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST and is available on SNE, RDS, 98,5FM and TSN 690.

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