- The Canadiens practiced at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Thursday morning before hitting the road on a three-game road trip that will see them play the Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes and the Colorado Avalanche.
- Lucas Lessio took part in Thursday’s on-ice session after suffering a lower-body injury in his first game with the CH against Philadelphia earlier in the month. Lessio had been skating with athletic therapists over the last couple of days before returning to practice. He will travel with the team on the road trip.
- For his part, Paul Byron will make the trip to Buffalo, too. He’s also been sidelined as of late, having missed the last eight games due to injury. Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that a decision on Byron’s playing status would be made on Friday.
- On the back end, there’s a good chance that Greg Pateryn will be in the lineup on Friday night after serving as a healthy scratch for the last 12 games. Pateryn will likely play given that Nathan Beaulieu was unable to take part in Thursday’s practice after going down against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. Beaulieu is currently listed as day-to-day.
- Meanwhile, Carey Price, Brian Flynn, Daniel Carr and Jeff Petry will remain in Montreal for treatment to their respective injuries.
- Coaching consultant Craig Ramsay joined the rest of the staff for Thursday’s practice session, working on the power play before the official practice got underway at 11 a.m.
- Jacob De La Rose, who was recalled from the AHL's St. John’s IceCaps on Wednesday afternoon, did not take part in Thursday’s practice. He’ll join the team in Buffalo.
- Coming off three straight wins, Ben Scrivens will once again get the start in goal on Friday night. It will mark Scrivens’ eighth start of the season. The 29-year-old netminder has given up just four goals in his last three outings, while posting a .959 save percentage.
Lines and D pairings at practice:
Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gallagher
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Andrighetto
Fleischmann – Eller – DSP
Byron/Lessio – Mitchell – Weise
Subban – Markov
Emelin – Pateryn
Gilbert – Barberio