-The Canadiens held a morning skate on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre a few hours ahead of their last game of the season against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The practice lasted a little more than 25 minutes and showed no possible lines for that night’s game during drills.
-Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Peter Budaj will start in nets for the Habs when they face the Leafs. It will mark the 10th start of the season for the Slovakian netminder.
-As far as the rest of the lineup for Saturday night’s tilt was concerned, Therrien only said that his lines would be on display when the puck dropped at 7:00 p.m. to start the game.
-The Habs held an optional practice on Thursday morning. Only nine players headed out to the Leafs’ practice facility, the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke to take part. Defensemen, Davis Drewiske, Jarred Tinordi, Yannick Weber and Tomas Kaberle, along with forwards Colby Armstrong, Travis Moen, Gabriel Dumont and Mike Blunden were all on the ice to take some shots on goaltender Peter Budaj under the supervision of coaches Pierre Groulx and Pierre Allard.
-The Canadiens held an optional practice on Thursday morning a few hours ahead of their game against the Jets in Winnipeg.
-Carey Price will get the start in nets for the Habs.
-Head coach Michel Therrien mentioned that there is a possibility that Gabriel Dumont could replace Jeff Halpern in Thursday’s lineup, but the decision will only be made after the pre-game warm up.
- Hamilton Bulldogs forward Danny Kristo will represent the United States in the World Championships slated to kick off on May 3.
-The only players absent from the ice were Francis Bouillon and Andrei Markov, who are both still expected to take part in tomorrow night’s game.
-Defenseman Jarred Tinordi joined the team in Winnipeg and was on the ice to train with the rest of his teammates. Following the practice, head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that the big defenseman will be in the lineup for Thursday night’s game without confirming who he will be replacing.
-The Canadiens held an optional skate on Tuesday morning a few hours ahead of their match-up with the Devils. Sixteen players including the team’s two goaltenders took part in the practice, with Carey Price, Peter Budaj, Mike Blunden, Alex Galchenyuk, Travis Moen, Colby Armstrong, Davis Drewiske, P.K. Subban, Jeff Halpern, Tomas Kaberle, Rene Bourque, Ryan White, Gabriel Dumont, Raphael Diaz, Yannick Weber and Brendan Gallagher all hitting the ice.
-Carey Price will make his 37th start of the season for the Canadiens on Tuesday night and the 17th of his career against the Devils.
- The Canadiens skated at the Bell Centre on Monday morning ahead of their departure on a three-game road trip. The Habs will play in New Jersey on Tuesday and in Winnipeg on Thursday before closing out the regular season on Saturday night in Toronto.
- Andrei Markov has been nominated as the Canadiens' candidate for the Bill Masterton Memorial trophy, awarded annually to an NHL player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game.
- Head coach Michel Therrien indicated that the Canadiens will be calling up several players from the Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday afternoon. The Bulldogs concluded their AHL season on Sunday.
Lines and pairings at practice:
Lines and D pairings at practice
- Brandon Prust has been named the 2012-13 Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy winner as the Canadiens’ unsung hero by the Montreal media. The trophy will be presented to Prust prior to puck drop against the Capitals.
- All players took part in the pre-game skate on Saturday morning in Brossard. Raphael Diaz will be in the lineup against Washington after missing the last 25 games with a concussion. Brandon Prust will also play on Saturday night.
- Colby Armstrong is still day-to-day but won't play on Saturday night.
- Carey Price will get the start against the Capitals.
Lines and D pairings at practice
- Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu is reassigned to the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. Beaulieu played six games with the Habs, in which he had two assists while maintaining a plus-5 differential.
- No practice for the Habs on Thursday morning. The Canadiens will host the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bell Centre.
- The Canadiens skated at CONSOL Enery Center on Wednesday morning ahead of their 7 p.m. matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rene Bourque practiced alongside Brian Gionta and Tomas Plekanec for several drills during the morning skate.
- Michael Ryder will not be in the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Penguins due to an upper-body injury. He is listed as day-to-day.
- Michel Therrien confirmed that defenseman Yannick Weber will be back in the lineup on Wednesday night. Weber will participate in his third game of the season for the Canadiens.
- Therrien also indicated that he has yet to decide whether Gabriel Dumont or Michael Blunden will be inserted in the lineup to replace Ryan White, who has been suspended for five games for an illegal check to the head of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kent Huskins earlier in the week at the Bell Centre.
- Peter Budaj will make his ninth start of the season in goal on Wednesday night for the Canadiens.