- After securing an emotional 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, the Canadiens were back at practice on Wednesday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. Michel Therrien’s troops will be back in action against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night in Montreal.
- Just before 9 a.m., Lars Eller hit the ice with athletic therapist Vincent Roof-Racine. It was the first time Eller has laced up his skates since suffering an upper-body injury back on December 5 in a tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks. The forward spent about 15 minutes on the ice. He will be sidelined for 1-2 weeks.
- Head coach Michel Therrien featured no line changes at practice, fielding the same forward lines that went up against the Canucks on Tuesday night. The focus of Wednesday's practice was primarily on special teams.
“The penalty killing units skated a lot today. I’m convinced that the guys on offense had a good time,” offered Dale Weise with a smile. “There were a lot of starts and a lot of stops. You had to move out of the way a lot so you wouldn’t get hit by a slap shot. It’s good to work on special teams. We’ve got two days to practice, so we’ve got to manage things ahead of Friday’s game. We don’t want to go too hard. But, I really like what I saw from the guys on the power play today.”
- Defensemen Mike Weaver (concussion) and Bryan Allen (illness) did not take part in the on-ice session on Wednesday.
- Immediately after practice, players and coaches boarded a bus bound for Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown Montreal to attend the funeral of Mr. Jean Béliveau.
“It will be an emotional day. We're looking forward to being able to pay our final respects,” mentioned Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau prior to the team's departure for the funeral. “On Tuesday night, we got a taste of the emotion that we'll experience today.”
Lines and D pairings at practice:
Gallagher – Galchenyuk – Pacioretty
Sekac – Plekanec – Andrighetto
Parenteau – Desharnais – Bournival
Weise – Malhotra – Prust
Gilbert – Beaulieu
Markov – Subban
Emelin – Gonchar