- The Canadiens held a full morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Monday, notably dedicating the week’s first practice to special teams.
- Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau practised with his teammates again on Monday, as the 31-year-old winger continues to recover from an upper body injury suffered on January 2 in New Jersey. It was Parenteau’s second full practice in as many opportunities since this weekend, although the Hull, QC native did not suit up against the Penguins on Saturday.
“I wasn’t gone for too long but it’s still been three games. I was happy to be back on the ice today and feel like part of the team again,” explained the Canadiens' off-season acquistion. “It was nothing major, but there’s a protocol to follow when you’re injured.”
Sidelined for a trio of games, Parenteau nevertheless made the most of his time away from the Habs bench, handling some advance scouting on what currently happens to be the team’s hot issue.
“I had the chance to get a different look at our power play from up in the press gallery,” added six-foot, 197-pounder. “I think it comes down to a question of speed and timing, which fortunately are two things we can improve on with the guys we have in this locker room.”
- Picking up where they left off on Friday meanwhile, P.K. Subban and Brandon Prust were at it again on Monday, trading playful jabs on the Bell Sports Complex ice following practice.
Subban’s ascension as a burgeoning NHL pugilist, however, may take a little longer than the 25-year-old star had been hoping.
“I’ve made zero progress,” cracked the Canadiens’ assistant captain. “Today he managed to get my undershirt over my head, so I don’t know if that’s progress or not. If it was for real, I think I would have had a chance though. There were no real punches thrown. It’s a process, we’re working on it."
Forward lines and defensive pairings at practice:
Pacioretty - Plekanec - Gallagher
Prust - Galchenyuk - Parenteau
Desharnais - Eller - Weise
Bournival - Malhotra - Sekac
Subban - Markov
Emelin - Gilbert
Beaulieu – Gonchar