POSTED ON Wednesday, 23.10.2013 / 5:17 PM

- Defenseman Greg Pateryn was recalled from the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs.

The 23-year-old amassed two goals and four points in five games thus far this season with Hamilton.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 23.10.2013 / 12:48 PM

BROSSARD – The Habs practiced on Wednesday morning at the Bell Sports Complex.

- Carey Price was first on the ice in company of goalie coach Stephane Waite to work on his game, specifically rebound control and the use of his stick.

- "It's important to work on the little details in your game," Price explained. "It helps you refocus and get prepared for the upcoming games."

- After Tuesday night’s game, the Canadiens assigned defenseman Jarred Tinordi to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

- George Parros and Douglas Murray skated on the other ice surface with strength coach Pierre Allard.

Lines at pratice

Galchenyuk – Eller – Gallagher

Bournival – Plekanec – Gionta

Bourque – Desharnais – Moen

Blunden – White – Holland

Markov – Subban

Gorges – Diaz

Beaulieu – Bouillon

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 22.10.2013 / 10:46 AM

- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Tuesday morning in preparation for their tilt against the Oilers at the Bell Centre.

While the Habs are coming off a tough loss at the hands of the Predators in Montreal on Saturday night, the Oilers enter the game having snapped a five-game losing streak over the weekend with a 3-1 victory over the Senators in Ottawa. Despite the fact that the Canadiens bested the Oilers 4-1 at Rexall Place 12 days ago and that Edmonton has just two wins thus far this season, Michel Therrien’s troops know that their opponents are hungry to turn their fortunes around as they close out a six-game road trip.

“I think they’re going to try to win a hockey game. They played well in Ottawa on Saturday and got a big win there. They’ve kind of had that taste and they want to keep going,” affirmed Brendan Gallagher, who ranks second on the team with four goals in eight games on the year. “For us it’s going to be a big bounce back game. We didn’t play very well last game. It’s on us to focus on getting back to what we do well.”

- Nathan Beaulieu took part in the morning skate after being called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs late Monday afternoon. Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Beaulieu will take part in Tuesday night’s game. He will take Jarred Tinordi’s spot in the lineup.

“It’s exciting to be here. It never gets old coming back up which is the good thing. The biggest thing is, if I have an opportunity, I’ve got to take the bull by the horns and try to run with it,” mentioned the 20-year-old Strathroy, ON native, who will play his third game of the year for the Canadiens on Tuesday night. “It’s definitely something you need to adapt to, being up and down. I got to play a game a few nights ago against the [Toronto] Marlies. It was good to play big minutes and get my feet going again. It was a good confidence booster and it was important that I played well in that game.”

- Following practice, Therrien also confirmed that Patrick Holland will be in the lineup on Tuesday night. It will be his first NHL game. Michael Blunden will also suit up for the Habs for the first time this season.

Lines and D pairings at practice:

Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
Bournival-Plekanec-Gionta
Moen-Desharnais-Bourque
Blunden-White-Holland

Markov-Diaz
Subban-Tinordi
Gorges-Bouillon
Beaulieu

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.

SEE ALSO
Game Preview: Oilers @ Canadiens
Words from the room - October 22

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POSTED ON Monday, 21.10.2013 / 11:23 AM

BROSSARD – The Habs practiced on Monday morning at the Bell Sports Complex.

- The team, led by assistant coaches J.J. Daigneault and Clement Jodoin, put the emphasis on special teams, working on drills to hone a powerplay unit which went 0-6 against Nashville on Saturday.

- With Daniel Briere (concussion) and Brandon Prust (upper-body) out with injuries sustained on Saturday, the team recalled Michael Blunden and Patrick Holland from the Hamilton Bulldogs.

- Alexei Emelin, George Parros and Douglas Murray skated on the other ice surface with strength coach Pierre Allard.

- The Canadiens have also recalled defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from the Hamilton Bulldogs Monday afternoon.

Lines at pratice
Galchenyuk – Eller – Gallagher
Bournival – Plekanec – Gionta
Bourque – Desharnais – Moen
Blunden – White – Holland

Markov – Subban
Gorges – Diaz
Tinordi - Bouillon

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POSTED ON Saturday, 19.10.2013 / 11:59 AM

BROSSARD – The Habs held an optional morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex today.

- Absent were Brian Gionta, Francis Bouillon, David Desharnais and Rene Bourque. All are expected to play tonight against the Nashville Predators.

- Players started the practice by taking a few shootout attempts on backup Peter Budaj. Lars Eller and Andrei Markov impressed the fans in attendance with their especially deft touch on the breakaway.

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POSTED ON Friday, 18.10.2013 / 12:52 PM
- On Friday morning, the Canadiens posed for the traditional team photo on the ice at the Bell Centre.

- After taking team photos, the Canadiens players had a rare practice in their home rink, ahead of Saturday’s matchup against the Nashville Predators.

- George Parros, Alexei Emelin and Douglas Murray skated after practice. In the case of Parros, coach Michel Therrien mentioned that he is progressing and will be evaluated by doctors after skating.

- With another game scheduled in a day’s time, the players worked mostly on skills drills and honed their shooting and passing.

Lines at practice:
Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
Prust-Desharnais-Brière
Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta
Moen-Bournival-White

Subban-Markov
Gorges-Diaz
Bouillon-Tinordi-Beaulieu

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POSTED ON Thursday, 17.10.2013 / 10:39 AM

- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Thursday morning ahead of their tilt with the Blue Jackets at the Bell Centre.

- Max Pacioretty was absent from practice and will not take part in the game against the Blue Jackets. He suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of Tuesday night's game against the Jets. Pacioretty underwent on MRI on Wednesday, and the Canadiens should be provided with the results of the scan sometime on Thursday.

- Rene Bourque also wasn't present at practice. He is sick with the flu. Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that if Bourque is unable to go against Columbus, the Habs will dress seven defensemen. In his absence, Nathan Beaulieu skated on a line at practice alongside Michael Bournival and Ryan White.

- Francis Bouillon celebrated his 38th birthday on Thursday.

Lines and D pairings at practice:

Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
Prust-Desharnais-Briere
Moen-Plekanec-Gionta
Beaulieu-Bournival-White
   
Subban-Markov
Gorges-Diaz
Bouillon-Tinordi

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 16.10.2013 / 1:40 PM

- Davis Drewiske underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday morning in Montreal. His recovery is expected to take 5 to 6 months.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 15.10.2013 / 1:30 PM

- The Canadiens held an optional skate on Tuesday morning in Winnipeg. Rene Bourque and Max Pacioretty did not practice.

- Michel Therrien confirmed Ryan White and Nathan Beaulieu will be in the lineup against the Jets. Michael Bournival and Jarred Tinordi will not.

- Carey Price will get his fifth start of the season on Tuesday night. He is 10-3-3 in 16 career starts against the Jets/Thrashers.

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POSTED ON Monday, 14.10.2013 / 3:29 PM
- Brian Gionta arrived in Winnipeg on Sunday night and joined the team for practice on Monday morning at the MTS Centre.

- Gionta will suit up for his 700th career NHL game on Tuesday night while fellow veteran Josh Gorges will be taking part in his 500thcareer  game.

- Michel Therrien made a few more adjustments to his lineup during Monday’s practice. The Habs bench boss decided to move Daniel Briere onto a line with Michael Bournival and Travis Moen, with Ryan White subbing in for reps during the skate.

“We reflected on it for a long time before we made this decision. The reason is purely because of a lack of production. I’m convinced Daniel understands the move. But I believe strongly in using all four lines. That’s how we’ll start tomorrow, but things can change quickly, even in the middle of the game. It all depends on how guys are performing,” explained Therrien.

“It’s not the end of the world. The team is doing well and that’s what matters,” shared Briere. “For sure, personally, it’s not the best. I’d like to be producing more than I have. But I’ve always been the type of guy who gets going a bit later offensively. I’m looking forward to that happening, but there’s no drama here. I’m not worried about it.”


Lines and D pairings at practice

Pacioretty-Eller-Gionta
Galchenyuk-Plekanec-Gallagher
Prust-Desharnais-Bourque
Moen-Bournival-White/Briere

Gorges-Diaz
Markov-Subban
Bouillon-Tinordi/Beaulieu


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