BROSSARD - Following a well-deserved day off on Sunday, the Canadiens were back at practice on Monday afternoon at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
- Michel Therrien's troops will be back in action on Wednesday night against the Vancouver Canucks at the Bell Centre. They'll be looking for their eighth straight win.
- All players were present and accounted for at practice, except for 18-year-old defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, who was assigned to the OHL's Windsor Spitfires earlier in the day.
- Shortly after practice got underway, general manager Marc Bergevin met with members of the media to discuss assigning Sergachev to Windsor. Shortly thereafter, the Russian rearguard spoke to the media as well.
"The plan was to keep him [in Montreal for] a month and evaluate after that. He needs to go and play. It's going to be great for him [to play in Windsor]," said Bergevin, who stressed the fact that the Canadiens' 2016 first-round selection needs to work on his quickness over the course of the year.
For his part, Sergachev is squarely focused on enjoying another standout season with the Spitfires.
"Win a Mem Cup. Win an OHL Cup. Be the best," said Sergachev, referencing his objectives for the 2016-17 campaign.
Video: Sergachev on being assigned to Windsor
- It was revealed on Monday that defenseman Shea Weber had claimed Molson Cup honours for October. He was also named the NHL's third star of the week as well after lighting the lamp with game-winning markers against the New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs, respectively.
- On Tuesday, the Bell Centre will host the Montreal Canadiens - evenko Blood Drive, presented in collaboration with RDS and in support of Héma-Québec, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Players and members of the Montreal Canadiens organization, Montreal Canadiens Alumni, evenko and RDS celebrities will be there to meet the donors and thank them for their generosity.
Lines and D pairings at practice:
Radulov - Galchenyuk - Gallagher
Pacioretty - Desharnais - Shaw
Lehkonen - Plekanec - Byron
Danault - Mitchell - Flynn
Emelin - Weber
Markov - Petry
Beaulieu - Pateryn