- After a day off on Sunday, the Canadiens hit the ice on Monday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard before boarding the team charter bound for Long Island. Michel Therrien’s troops will battle the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
- Hundreds of fans turned out at the Bell Sports Complex to take in Monday’s skate before the team hit the road for an extended period of time. The Canadiens will play their next five games away from the friendly confines of the Bell Centre, returning to action in Montreal on January 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
- After a two-game conditioning stint with the Hamilton Bulldogs, goaltender Dustin Tokarski was back at practice on Monday. Tokarski posted a 1-1 record during his time with the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate, turning aside 29 of 31 shots against in the Bulldogs’ 5-2 win over the Texas Stars on Sunday.
- Michael Bournival rotated with Sven Andrighetto on the Canadiens’ fourth line at practice on Monday, a trio that also featured Manny Malhotra and Dale Weise. For his part, Brandon Prust was paired Tomas Plekanec and Jiri Sekac.
Lines and D pairings at practice: