DENVER – The Canadiens landed in Denver on Tuesday afternoon and went right back to work upon arrival in Colorado, practicing at the Big Bear Ice Arena for just under an hour in preparation for Wednesday’s game against the Avalanche.
- David Desharnais was the only player not on the ice for practice. He is listed as day-to-day after suffering a lower body injury in Arizona.
- With Desharnais out of the lineup, Lars Eller was moved to the middle between Max Pacioretty and Sven Andrighetto.
- Lucas Lessio was reactivated from the injured reserve list after recovering from his lower body injury suffered
- It was a tough day at the office for the Canadiens, who started the practice with heavy skating before running line drills and full-ice one-on-one and two-on-two battles. While the up-tempo drills could serve a dual purpose to help the players adapt to the thinner air at high altitude in Denver, Michel Therrien confirmed that acclimating to the mountain air wasn’t the main objective of his practice plan.
“It’s a one-on-one drill where we use the whole ice and then progress to two-on-two. It’s a bit like a boxer; there’s nowhere to hide. It’s an old drill we brought back today to send a little message that we need to be better one-on-one,” explained the Habs bench boss.
Therrien also confirmed that Ben Scrivens will get the call on Wednesday night. It will mark his ninth start since joining the Habs
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