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Status of Canadiens' Pacioretty for Game 2 unknown

by Sean Farrell /

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien had no news about when left wing Max Pacioretty could return to the lineup, leaving his stats for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series Friday against the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports) unknown.

Pacioretty has been out since April 5 because of an upper-body injury.

"I can't answer that. I haven't spoken to the medical team yet," Therrien said Friday after the Canadiens' optional morning skate at their suburban practice facility.

Therrien confirmed that Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau will not play in Game 2 because of an upper-body injury he sustained during Montreal's 4-3 win in Game 1 on Wednesday. Parenteau took part in the skate after missing practice Thursday.

Pacioretty, who led Montreal in goals and points and tied for the NHL lead in plus/minus, wore a clear visor Friday instead of the tinted one he had been wearing in practice recently while recovering from the injury he sustained on April 5.

"He's feeling good and that's a good sign," Therrien said. "He had a good practice [Thursday], and [Friday] he felt really good. But I can't confirm if he's going to be there [for Game 2] or Sunday [for Game 3]."

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

"That's our biggest offensive threat," Smith-Pelly said of Pacioretty. "We did a good job of stepping up guys last game to fill the void. But if guys play that well again and we add another element in Max it will be huge for us."

Smith-Pelly offered little insight on whether he expected Pacioretty would be able to return for Game 2.

"I don't think any guy is going up to him and asking, 'Hey, hey, are you in?' or anything like that," Smith-Pelly said. "All I know is he's following the protocol and I guess it depends on how he feels."

Here are the projected lineups:


Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Mark Stone

Milan Michalek - Mika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan

Erik Condra - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Curtis Lazar

Mike Hoffman - David Legwand - Alex Chiasson

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Patrick Wiercioch - Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki - Eric Gryba

Andrew Hammond

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Jared Cowen, Colin Greening, Zack Smith, Chris Neil, Matt Puempel

Injured: Chris Phillips (back), Robin Lehner (concussion)


Alex Galchenyuk - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Devante Smith-Pelly

Jacob De La Rose - Lars Eller - Dale Weise

Brandon Prust - Torrey Mitchell - Brian Flynn

Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin - Jeff Petry

Nathan Beaulieu - Tom Gilbert

Carey Price

Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Sergei Gonchar, Mike Weaver, Manny Malhotra, Joey MacDonald

Injured: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (upper body)

Status report: If Pacioretty is not cleared to return Friday then Therrien has a few options for his lineup, including inserting Malhotra, whose presence would require some changes to the line combinations. Therrien also could opt to dress a seventh defenseman.

Who's hot: Flynn had one goal and two assists in his first Stanley Cup Playoff game Wednesday. … Subban assisted on goals by Mitchell and Plekanec 15 seconds apart before he got a game misconduct for his major penalty for slashing Ottawa right wing Mark Stone.

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