BROSSARD - The Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Tuesday morning in preparation for their game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.
- It will mark the second meeting between the two teams this season. Back on October 22, the Canadiens downed the Bruins 4-2 at TD Garden in Boston.
- All players were present and accounted for during the on-ice session, expect for Artturi Lehkonen and Zach Redmond, of course, both of whom are currently sidelined due to injury.
- After taking a therapy day on Monday, captain Max Pacioretty was back on the ice skating alongside his teammates. Sven Andrighetto was out there as well following his call-up from the AHL's St. John's IceCaps on Monday afternoon. The Swiss forward will not be uniform, though, against Boston.
"I can't control when I get a chance to play, but I'll be ready whenever they need me in the lineup, whether it's in two days or next week. I don't know when, but I'll be ready," said Andrighetto.
- Daniel Carr will, however, make his return to the Canadiens' lineup on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old Sherwood Park, AB native, who recently returned to Montreal from a stint with the IceCaps, hasn't played with the big club since the second game of the regular season on October 15 in Ottawa.
Video: Daniel Carr on making his return to the lineup
"I think it's big. I'm excited to get back in there and get back playing," said Carr, who registered two goals and one assist in three outings with head coach Sylvain Lefebvre's contingent. "But, I think it's just play my game, go to the net, go to the hard areas, be hard to play against. Those are things that made me good."
The Union College grad says the assignment to St. John's was helpful after he took in six straight games from the press box before joining the Canadiens' AHL affiliate.
"I think that was good. Worked the rust off a little bit. I hadn't played in two weeks," admitted Carr, who will be playing his 26th career NHL game on Tuesday night. "It's part of the game. It's never easy. I'm just excited to get back in there."
Head coach Michel Therrien has high expectations for Carr this time around.
"When you know that a player is on his game, that he's doing well, that he's capable of completing plays and preventing them, that's what we want to see. Maybe we weren't seeing that at the start of the year," said Therrien, who hasn't yet revealed what line Carr would be featured on against Boston, although he was lining up with David Desharnais and Andrew Shaw at the morning skate. "We want him to complete plays, read the game well, and be in good position to prevent plays, too. Those really are the things that we're focusing on."
Video: Michel Therrien on Byron, Carr and facing the Bruins
- Meanwhile, it looks like Paul Byron will get a shot at playing on the Canadiens' top line on Tuesday night alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Alexander Radulov. It's a move Therrien is excited about given Byron's skill set.
"He's a very reliable guy. I like his speed and his work ethic. He's also good on the forecheck. He has exceptional speed," praised Therrien. "He can play different roles and go up against the best players because of his speed."
- The Bruins are coming into Canadiens territory hot right now with four wins in their last five games. Claude Julien's club always presents a formidable challenge with top guns Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak leading the charge, among others. With that in mind, Pacioretty is adamant that good execution will once again prove to be a difference-maker on Tuesday night.
Video: Max Pacioretty on the challenge of facing the Bruins
"I guess that's the real election for us. Boston is always a fun game and always a great rivalry. We know we have to be, probably a little bit better, maybe make a few more plays," explained Pacioretty, who ranks third on the Canadiens' roster with 27 points in 32 career games against Boston. "I think early in the game, if we're going to make those plays, we have to execute a bit better. I think when we wear teams down with our skating and our forecheck, it makes it easier to make those plays."
Pacioretty also expanded upon another key to victory that the Canadiens would surely like to dominate.
"I think also that special teams are an important piece to a game like this," mentioned Pacioretty. "We know we have to clean up a few areas on special teams. We worked on it today, so hopefully we come out with some confidence on special teams."
- Carey Price will get the start in goal for the Canadiens. Price is looking to remain undefeated on the year. He boasts a 7-0-0 record, 1.58 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage so far this season.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on Sportsnet East and RDS, as well as on TSN 690 and 98.5 fm.
Probable lineup against Boston:
Byron - Galchenyuk - Radulov
Pacioretty - Plekanec - Gallagher
Carr - Desharnais - Shaw
Danault - Mitchell - Flynn
Emelin - Weber
Markov - Petry
Beaulieu - Pateryn