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Practice - January 12

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

- The Canadiens practiced at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Tuesday morning to continue preparing for Thursday night’s tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Bell Centre.

- Prior to the start of practice, goaltender Carey Price hit the ice with head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend. Price skated without equipment on. He continues to recover from a lower-body injury that will keep him out through at least the NHL All-Star break.

Price’s teammates were excited to see him take another important step on the road to recovery.

“We had the same feeling [when it came to] Gallagher. He started skating on his own, and then he slowly got into practice. Once that happens, you know they’re on the track to coming back,” offered defenseman Jeff Petry. “Hopefully things progress well and he’s back in action soon.”

- Meanwhile, defenseman Tom Gilbert also skated before the Canadiens took to the ice for practice on Tuesday. Sporting all of his equipment, Gilbert worked out with athletic therapist Vincent Roof-Racine. He is still out with a lower-body injury.

- For his part, Dale Weise worked out with strength and conditioning coach Pierre Allard on Brossard’s secondary ice rink. He remains sidelined with an upper-body injury.

- Petry, meanwhile, took part in Tuesday’s practice and skated alongside his teammates after missing last Saturday night’s contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins due to a lower-body injury. It looks as if the Michigan State grad could be back in action on Thursday night against Chicago.

“Things went well today. We’ll see how things progress,” shared Petry, who has four goals and 13 points in 40 games so far this season. “But, if everything feels good, I fully intend to be back in the lineup on Thursday.”

- Following practice, several players took the time to address the incident involving Alex Galchenyuk and his girlfriend over the weekend, indicating that the issue had been dealt with internally.

“That’s a personal issue between Alex and his girlfriend. It’s not something we’re going to talk about at this time,” shared Gallagher. “The team addressed the situation. They made us aware of what’s going on. Like I said, it’s going to be handled by the parties involved. It’s not something that we’re all that worried about. We’ve got a very tough team coming in here in a couple of days. That’s what we’re focusing on.”

Lines and D pairings at practice:

Pacioretty-Plekanec-Gallagher
Eller-Galchenyuk-Andrighetto
Fleischmann-Desharnais-Byron
Carr-Mitchell-Flynn
Smith-Pelly

Markov-Subban
Beaulieu-Petry
Emelin-Barberio
Tinordi-Pateryn

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