BROSSARD - The Canadiens hit the ice in Brossard on Tuesday morning before heading to Quebec City for a 7:00 p.m. game against the Boston Bruins
- Carey Price and Shea Weber joined their teammates for practice for the first time since capturing World Cup honors on Thursday night in Toronto. While neither Price nor Weber will be in the lineup against Boston, captain Max Pacioretty was happy to finally see the whole squad reunited on Canadiens ice, even if just for a practice.
"We all saw his display of work at the World Cup," mentioned Pacioretty on his All-World netminder, who could be in uniform along with Weber on Thursday against the Leafs. "It's nice to have him back and it will be even better when we'll have him back in the lineup and he's ready to go."
- Plenty of veterans will be making the trek down highway 20 on Tuesday afternoon, however, including Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin, who will both be taking part in their first preseason games since returning from the World Cup as members of Team Russia's blue line corps.
"I'm excited. We're finally getting back together and we're ready to go," confirmed Markov, who will kick off his 16th NHL season - all with Montreal - as the team's elder statesman at 37 years of age. "[The World Cup] was pretty intense but at the same time it was good preparation for the season. Right now I'm concentrating on a new season and I'm looking forward to it."
- David Desharnais is also looking forward to Tuesday's game, which will be a homecoming affair for the Laurier-Station, QC native, who was centering Artturi Lehkonen and Daniel Carr during the morning skate.
"I love going back to Quebec. Going home always brings back great memories, even more so because we're playing the Bruins. It's always intense. It's good to have a few emotional games like this during training camp and these ones are always good rivalry games," shared Desharnais, who has eight goals and 22 points in 28 career games against Boston. "We also have a few new guys here this year, so it'll be good to get off to a good start together so we're ready when the season begins. Being able to have everyone together for one or two games will be good for us."
- One of the few young guns making the trip to the Videotron Centre is Michael McCarron, who was relieved to see his name left off the list of players released from camp on Monday. He'll be skating on a line with Phillip Danault and Brian Flynn against Boston as he continues to make his case to remain with the big club on a full-time basis.
"It's a real treat to be out here with these guys. I'm learning so much. This camp has been going well for me so far and I just need to continue to go down the right path," confirmed McCarron, who was drafted in the first round by Montreal in 2013. "I put in a lot of work this past year and this is where I wanted to be at the end of camp. It's not over yet and I know I still have to beat out somebody for his job and that's going to be tough. I have to stay focused and continue to play my style of game."
- Paul Byron missed Tuesday's practice due to a virus and will be replaced in the lineup by Flynn. Andrew Shaw will also return to action after serving the final game of his three-game suspension on Sunday night. Al Montoya will get the start between the pipes for Montreal.
Lines and defense pairings at practice