- After arriving in Winnipeg in the early hours on Wednesday, the Canadiens hit the ice at the MTS Centre for an afternoon practice in preparation for their tilt against the Jets on Thursday night.
- All players were present and accounted for at practice, expect for Andrei Markov, who was given the day off, and Alexei Emelin, who was given a therapy day.
- Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Dustin Tokarski would get the start in goal against Paul Maurice’s contingent. It will be his 15th start of the season and his first career appearance versus Winnipeg.
"We want him to play and we want to keep Carey fresh. It's a perfect situation for Dustin. He'll play in front of a lot of family here," explained Therrien, who also indicated that a plan is already in place with respect to Carey Price's workload for the remainder of the regular season. "We've got a plan in place when it comes to Carey. I sat down with Stephane [Waite] and Carey to look at what type of preparation work we'd like to do ahead of the playoffs. We want him to be fresh both physically and mentally."
- The Canadiens’ bench boss also confirmed that there would be no lineup changes up front or on the back end come Thursday night. That means that Torrey Mitchell will once again take Manny Malhotra’s spot in the lineup, while Nathan Beaulieu will suit up in place of Tom Gilbert.
- Thursday night’s game will be particularly special for Dale Weise, who will play in front of friends and family in his hometown for the first time as a member of the Canadiens. In honor of the occasion, Weise just might find himself in the starting lineup.
"Those are things that we take into consideration," offered Therrien. "It's always special when a player comes home, especially wearing a Canadiens uniform. We expect him to have a lot of emotion in his game."
Forward lines at practice:
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Parenteau
Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gallagher
De La Rose – Eller – Weise
Prust – Mitchell – Smith-Pelly