- After a day off on Tuesday, the Canadiens practiced at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Wednesday morning in preparation for Thursday night’s tilt against the Arizona Coyotes at the Bell Centre.
- Even if the on-ice session was scheduled to get underway at 11 a.m. EST, the majority of the guys jumped on the ice 30 minutes ahead of time to work on special teams. Coaching consultant Craig Ramsay laced up his skates to work on special teams with the players, too.
- Goaltender Carey Price was back out on the ice again on Wednesday. This time, however, the four-time All-Star took part in the practice session with the rest of his teammates. He met with members of the media after practice and indicated that he didn’t yet know when he’d be ready to return to active duty. Head coach Michel Therrien met with Price before practice and mentioned that the Canadiens’ starter would decide upon a return date himself. You’ll recall that Price has been sidelined with a lower-body injury he suffered on October 29th in Edmonton.
- Defenseman Alexei Emelin didn’t skate on Wednesday. He’s been hampered by a lower-body injury. Therrien confirmed that the Russian rearguard will not take part in any of the upcoming games over the weekend.
- Having logged just 6:48 of ice time in the Canadiens’ most recent outing against Vancouver, forward Alexander Semin will be a healthy scratch on Thursday night against the Coyotes. That means that Paul Byron will be back in the lineup after watching the last two games from the press box. Torrey Mitchell will likely skate on a line with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk, while Byron will play with Brian Flynn and Devante Smith-Pelly.
- Following practice, players headed over to the Bell Centre to take part in the annual Montreal Canadiens-evenko Blood Drive.
Lines and D pairings at practice:
Pacioretty – Plekanec – Gallagher
Eller – Galchenyuk – Mitchell
Weise – Desharnais – Fleischmann
Byron – Flynn – Smith-Pelly
Markov – Subban
Gilbert – Pateryn
Beaulieu – Petry