- The Canadiens practiced at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard for the first time since December 22 on Monday. Michel Therrien’s troops capped their longest road swing of the season with a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, registering their sixth consecutive victory. The Habs will be back in action on Tuesday night when they play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre. It will be their first game on home ice in 17 days.
- Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau did not take part in Monday’s on-ice session. He remains sidelined with an upper-body injury. Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Parenteau is being evaluated on a daily basis. Although he is feeling better, Therrien indicated that he will not play on Tuesday night against the Lightning.
- Defenseman Bryan Allen also didn’t take part in practice. He was placed on waivers at Noon.
- Carey Price was named the Molson Cup recipient for the month of December. He earned the honour for the third consecutive month. Price was selected the first star of the game four times (on December 12 versus Los Angeles, December 20 against Ottawa, December 23 at Long Island and December 29 at Carolina), and the second star once (December 5 at Chicago). Price finished ahead of teammates Alex Galchenyuk, Andrei Markov and Max Pacioretty.
- Interestingly enough, Price was also named the NHL’s third star of the week on Monday. St. Louis Blues right-winger T.J. Oshie was named the league’s first star, while Capitals right-winger Alex Ovechkin was named the week’s second star.
- Canadiens prospect Zachary Fucale will get the start in goal for Team Canada on Monday night in their Gold Medal Game tilt against Team Russia at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championsip in Toronto. Fucale boasts a 0.50 goals-against average, a .971 save percentage and two shutouts during the annual tournament. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST.
Lines and D pairings at practice: