- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Thursday morning ahead of their departure for Washington where they’ll take on the Capitals on Friday night at the Verizon Center.
- The Habs were initially scheduled to travel to Washington on Thursday afternoon, but will now leave Montreal later on tonight.
- Rene Bourque was absent from practice on Thursday morning. He is still hampered by a lower-body injury that forced him to miss Tuesday night’s tilt against the Minnesota Wild. Bourque will not be in uniform against the Capitals on Friday night.
- Peter Budaj will get the start in goal against Washington.
Lines and D pairings at practice: