With gold-medalist Carey Price enjoying a much-deserved day off after returning from Sochi, Francis Desrosiers from the QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix took to the ice with the Habs. He’ll get some quality goaltending advice from Peter Budaj and Stephane Waite.
Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban, who arrived in Montreal alongside Price on Monday morning, did not skate and will also benefit from a day of rest.
Jarred Tinordi, recalled from Hamilton on Sunday, was at practice with his new teammates.
"It’s always a bit of surprise to get called up; you never really expect it. But I had a stretch of about two or three weeks where I was playing well and feeling good, so it’s good to be recognized for that with a call-up," the towering blueliner revealed after practice.
Michael Bournival (concussion symptoms) did not skate, while Brandon Prust (upper-body) skated on the other ice surface. Both are day-to-day.
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Defenseman Jarred Tinordi had been called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL. He should join the Montreal Canadiens for practice on Monday February 24.
This season, Tinordi already played six games with the Habs and 47 with the Bulldogs. He registered three goals and six assists with the 'Dogs.
BROSSARD – While several of their teammates were in Sochi or returning home from their Olympic journeys, the Canadiens held a practice at the Bell Sports Complex, the team’s second since the start of the Olympic break.
New recruits at practice on Thursday include ex-NHLers Jimmy Waite and Sebastien Bordeleau, plus three players from the LNAH’s Laval Braves: Patrick Lapostolle, Vincent Richer and Maxime Mallette. Pierre Allard, Patrice Brisebois, Martin Houle and Ken Morin, who were all on the ice with the team yesterday, were also at practice.
Head coach Michel Therrien was also on the ice after sitting out yesterday.
Forward Alex Galchenyuk has been cleared for contact and is expected to make his return to play following the Olympic break.
BROSSARD – While several of their teammates were in action in Sochi, the Canadiens held a practice at the Bell Sports Complex, the team’s first since the start of the Olympic break.
A few special guests were on hand to fill in for the regulars at practice. Former assistant captain Patrice Brisebois slots in on defense. Strength coach Pierre Allard filled in up front, and Jocelyn Thibault suited up in a Canadiens uniform for the first time in 15 years.
Alex Galchenyuk, on the comeback trail from a hand injury, skated alongside his teammates for the first time in over six weeks.
The Hamilton Bulldogs forward was named CCM Player of the Week in the American Hockey League.
In four games in the past week, all of them on the road, Andrighetto obtained three goals and five assists for a total of eight points.
On Tuesday February 4th, he had a four-point night against the Rockford IceHogs. Later in the same week, he scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a Sunday afternoon game against the Toronto Marlies.
In his first season playing under coach Sylvain Lefebvre, Andreghetto leads his team in goals with 12, including three with the man advantage, in only 36 games played. He has 27 total points in that span.
Andrighetto currently leads all Bulldog players with a 13.5% shooting percentage.
In 11 games since his last recall with the Montreal Canadiens, the young defenseman got one assist and a plus-3 differential.
“He suffered a minor concussion and he's going to follow protocol,” explained the Habs coach of Bournival’s injury, having taken a stick to the face against the Canucks. “It's nothing major, but he's showing some symptoms so we have to be careful. He'll miss tonight's game, which is too bad because we've really liked what we've seen from his line. We'll adjust. An accident happened in the last game and we're hoping he'll be good to go after the Olympic break.”
With Bournival out, Francis Bouillon will be back in the lineup on Saturday night after missing the last eight games as a healthy scratch. Michel Therrien will go with a lineup of 11 forwards and seven defensemen and he confirmed all seven defensemen will play defense, while he will double shift a forward in Bournival’s spot alongside Ryan White and Dale Weise.
One day after the opening ceremonies officially kicked off the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, a single game remains for the Canadiens before the NHL goes on a two-week hiatus. With seven Habs bound for Russia and the rest of the team heading off in different directions for the break, U.S. Olympian Max Pacioretty insists the team’s focus hasn’t drifted from the final 60 minutes that awaits them in Raleigh.
“There are obviously a lot of distractions right now,” admitted Pacioretty, who had a hat trick against the Canucks on Thursday and will be joined by Carey Price, P.K. Subban, Peter Budaj, Tomas Plekanec, Alexei Emelin and Andrei Markov in Sochi. “We have to just focus on getting two points tonight. The coaches have done a good job of reminding us that every point is important. We had a bit of a tough stretch and we seem to have figured it out now so to get three [wins] in a row would be a great feeling heading into the break. But they're not going to hand it to us; we're going to have to work hard.”
Carey Price will get his 48th start of the season. It will be the 26-year-old’s 17th career start against Carolina, carrying a 9-5-2 record, 2.44 goals-against average and .925 save percentage into Saturday’s game in Raleigh.
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- The Montreal Canadiens have acquired the centerman Robert Czarnik from the Los Angeles Kings, in exchange for forward Steve Quailer.
Czarnik, aged 24, was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings 63rd overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. In 29 games with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs this season, he has one goal and four assists.
The centerman will report to the Hamilton Bulldogs, Montreal’s AHL affiliate.
- Forwards present were Daniel Briere, Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher, Lars Eller, Michael Bournival, Ryan White, Dale Weise and George Parros.
- Defensemen Josh Gorges, P.K. Subban, Davis Drewiske, Nathan Beaulieu, Francis Bouillon and Douglas Murray also practiced.
- As of Tuesday morning, there are no projected line-up changes for the game against the Canucks. Carey Price will get the start, most likely against Olympic teammate Roberto Luongo
- With many fans keeping a close eye on the game contested between the two potential Team Canada starters, Canadiens right-winger Brendan Gallagher plans on doing what he can to help his goalie get the win.
“Price has been unbelievable this year. He’s at the top of his game and always getting better, even if it’s hard to imagine,” underlined the second-year NHLer. “It’s up to us to put together a good game in front of him and help him out. It’s a team effort that leads to wins.”
- Gallagher’s linemate David Desharnais was pleasantly surprised to hear that his friend and role model Martin St-Louis was named to Team Canada’s Olympic roster, in replacement for the injured Steven Stamkos.
“I’m really happy for him. It seems like he’s still getting better. With the kind of season he’s been having, I was surprised that he wasn’t selected earlier. I think he will make a big difference for Team Canada in Sochi,” offered the centerman.
- Forward Dale Weise will face off against his former team three days after being traded to Montreal in exchange for Raphael Diaz.
“I’m excited. It’ll be a bit weird. I’ve never been traded before, so it’ll be special to play against my old teammates,” revealed Weise, who played ten NHL games with the New York Rangers before becoming a Canuck.
The newest Hab also warned against underestimating the strength of Vancouver’s roster. While the John Tortorella-coached team has struggled in the past weeks, it nevertheless has a core of All-Star talent and could break out at any time.
“They are dealing with a lot of injuries recently, but they’re a good team. It will not be an easy game for us,” insisted number 22, who made a good first impression on his first game in Montreal with three shots on net in a 2-0 victory over the Flames. “The Canucks have a lot of talent and it’s just a matter of time before they get going.”
PROJECTED LINE-UP VS. VAN
Carey Price, fresh off a shutout in Tuesday’s 2-0 win against the Calgary Flames, was first on the ice alongside Peter Budaj to work on drills with goalie coach Stephane Waite.
Speaking of the Flames, the team remained in Montreal and practiced at the other ice surface at the Bell Sports Complex.
Defenseman Davis Drewiske has been cleared for contact and skated with a regular blue jersey. He was paired with
Max Pacioretty, Douglas Murray and Travis Moen did not practice. Moen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, while Pacioretty and Murray took a therapy day.
The morning session was an ideal opportunity for Olympics-bound players to break in new equipment. Andrei Markov, Alexei Emelin and Tomas Plekanec all debuted glove that they will be wearing while defending their countries’ colors in Sochi.
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