- The Canadiens held a second-consecutive practice on Friday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, ahead of Saturday’s home game against the New York Rangers.
- The team hit the ice 25 minutes before practice was officially scheduled to start, to work on special teams with coaches Dan Lacroix, Jean-Jacques Daigneault and Clement Jodoin.
-Head coach Michel Therrien’s lineup looked largely unchanged on Friday, aside from Dale Weise and Jiri Sekac sharing time on the Lars Eller – Rene Bourque line. One of the two wingers is expected to be a healthy scratch on Saturday against the Rangers, and although Therrien did not confirm his lines for the weekend, he did hint that he’s been satisfied with Weise’s play.
- Saturday’s morning practice will be notably held at the Bell Centre rather than at the Bell Sports Complex due to the annual Tim Hortons Coaching Day event taking place in Montreal. Hundreds of minor hockey coaches from across the province will be taking part in the yearly clinic. Click here to learn more.
- The Canadiens will also host team’s game-worn equipment sale on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bell Centre. Fans can access the sale via the Lucien-L’Allier station.
- Carey Price will get his seventh start of the season on Saturday and his first against the Rangers since suffering a season-ending injury opposite New York in Game 1 of last spring’s East Final. Price holds a 2.06 GAA and 0.934 save percentage against Alain Vigneault’s squad.Offensive lines and defensive pairings at practice
Prust – Malhotra – Moen
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
Sekac/Weise – Eller – Bourque
Galchenyuk – Plekanec– Parenteau
Emelin – Subban
Gilbert – Markov
Weaver – Tinordi