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Canadiens' Pacioretty still questionable for Game 2

by Sean Farrell /

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty practiced on a line Thursday, though his availability remains uncertain for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators on Friday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports).

Pacioretty is recovering from an upper-body injury and missed Montreal's 4-3 win against the Ottawa Senators in Game 1 on Wednesday.

On Thursday he took Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau's place at practice on a line with center David Desharnais and Devante Smith-Pelly, who moved from left wing to right wing.

Montreal coach Michel Therrien said Pacioretty has not yet been cleared to play.

"We'll find out [Friday]," Therrien said following practice at the Canadiens' suburban training facility. "He's having another good day and we'll let you know [Friday] if he's ready. If he's ready [Friday], we'll be more than happy; if not it's going to be the other game [Game 3 on Sunday]."

Parenteau did not practice after he sustained an upper-body injury Wednesday. Therrien said he is day-to-day.

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