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News - April 7

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

- After a long Easter weekend in Florida, the Canadiens flew back to Montreal on Tuesday following Sunday's convincing 4-1 win against the Panthers.

- Before leaving Fort Lauderdale, Michel Therrien addressed the media in the team's hotel lobby. When asked about Max Pacioretty, Therrien confirmed that an update will be available after the 26-year-old forward sees his doctor in Montreal, but that he would not be in uniform for Thursday's game against the Red Wings. Pacioretty was forced out of Sunday's game against the Panthers early after crashing hard into the boards.

- Although a practice was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Therrien preferred to give his troops the day off before heading home.

"Our schedule allowed us to give the guys some time off. They've all worked hard this season, so we took this opportunity to give them a rest," underlined the Habs bench boss, who will resume practice as scheduled on Wednesday in Brossard. "We did the same thing a year ago. It's important to be recharged and feeling good for the playoffs. We have two games and three practices left before the postseason, so we still have time left to finetune and prepare."

- Therrien confirmed that Carey Price will be back in goal on Thursday for the Habs' penultimate game of the regular season against the Red Wings.

"We're going to take things one game at a time. Carey will play on Thursday, and then we'll make a decision," concluded the Habs coach regarding this week's two remaining games against Detroit and Toronto, respectively.

- canadiens.com

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