POSTED ON Sunday, 05.05.2013 / 1:39 PM

- 25 players took part in the morning skate. Max Pacioretty was the only player not on the ice.

- Michel Therrien confirmed Pacioretty and Brian Gionta will be game-time decisions for Sunday’s game.

- Lars Eller was in Brossard on Saturday to see his teammates before they hit the road for Ottawa. “It was good to see him. He looks good,” said Therrien. “Well, ‘looks good’…he looked better before.”

- Carey Price will get the start for the Canadiens again in Game 3. Price and Anderson both carry identical 2.52 goals-against averages into Sunday’s game.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 04.05.2013 / 2:39 PM

- The Canadiens did not hold a formal practice on Saturday morning prior to the team’s afternoon departure for Ottawa.

- Head coach Michel Therrien, along with players Jarred Tinordi, Colby Armstrong, Josh Gorges and David Desharnais met with the media.

- A few players were on the ice at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard alongside assistant coach Pierre Allard. Those on the ice included Max Pacioretty, Brian Gionta, Michael Blunden, Tomas Kaberle, Davis Drewiske, Gabriel Dumont, Yannick Weber, Peter Budaj and Robert Mayer.

- Therrien indicated that Gionta and Pacioretty are day-to-day with upper-body injuries, but will accompany the team to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4.

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.05.2013 / 12:25 PM

- Those players that did not participate in Thursday’s series-opener against the Senators skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Friday morning, alongside assistant coach Pierre Groulx. A team meeting was held after the on-ice session.

- Lars Eller was released from hospital and returned home on Friday morning. Eller is resting after suffering a concussion and facial fractures in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the Senators on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

- Michael Therrien confirmed that Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta are both out for Game 2 of the series on Friday night at the Bell Centre with upper-body injuries. Therrien indicated that he will reveal which players will be taking Pacioretty and Gionta’s spots in the lineup before puck drop.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.05.2013 / 11:58 AM

-The Canadiens held an optional practice on Thursday morning in Brossard a few hours ahead of the first game of their series against the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre.

-Players missing from the optional skate included: Brandon Prust, Francis Bouillon, Brian Gionta, Michael Ryder, Tomas Plekanec and Rene Bourque.

-During his press conference, Michel Therrien mentioned that goaltender Carey Price is feeling good and “in his bubble” in the lead-up to Thursday’s game. Price along with Max Pacioretty hit the ice only briefly during practice.

-With a few players opting not to practice, the lines weren’t able to be taken, however the rest of the week’s practices would suggest that these could be the lines and pairings for Game 1 against the Senators.

Gallagher - Eller - Galchenyuk
Prust - White - Moen
Desharnais - Bourque - Pacioretty
Gionta - Plekanec - Ryder

Gorges - Diaz
Markov - Subban
Bouillon - Tinordi

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.05.2013 / 11:18 AM

- The Canadiens held a third practice in as many days on Wednesday morning ahead of the start of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series with the Ottawa Senators which gets underway on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

- The Habs hit the ice approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled 11 a.m. practice time on Wednesday in order to work on both the power play and penalty kill.

- For their part, the Senators are scheduled to practice at Dollard St-Laurent Arena in LaSalle on Wednesday.

- There were no changes to the lines that had been featured earlier this week at practice, with the exception of Yannick Weber, who practiced up front with Jeff Halpern and Colby Armstrong on an extra line.

Lines and pairings at practice:

Gallagher - Eller - Galchenyuk
Prust - White - Moen
Desharnais - Bourque - Pacioretty
Gionta - Plekanec - Ryder
Halpern – Armstrong - Weber

Gorges - Diaz
Markov - Subban
Bouillon - Tinordi
Kaberle - Drewiske

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 30.04.2013 / 12:45 PM

-The Canadiens held their second full practice in as many days on Tuesday in Brossard as they continue to prepare for their first-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators that will kick off on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

-Thirty minutes before Tuesday’s practice was set to officially start, the Canadiens’ assistant coaches jumped on the ice along with the players to get in a little extra work on the power play and penalty kill.

-Since you can’t start a playoff beard if you already have a regular season one, a handful of players decided to get in an early shave and reset their facial hair to zero, with most notably a clean-shaven Brandon Prust hitting the ice for practice.

Lines and pairings at practice:

Gallagher - Eller - Galchenyuk
Prust - White - Moen
Desharnais - Bourque - Pacioretty
Gionta - Plekanec - Ryder
Halpern - Armstrong

Gorges - Diaz
Markov - Subban
Bouillon - Tinordi
Kaberle - Drewiske
Weber

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POSTED ON Monday, 29.04.2013 / 11:48 AM

-The Canadiens held their first practice in preparation for the playoffs on Monday morning ahead of Game 1 of their first-round series against the Senators, scheduled to take place in Montreal on Thursday night.

-Michael Blunden and Gabriel Dumont weren’t on the ice with the rest of the Habs and should practice serperately with Greg Pateryn, Nathan Beaulieu, Michaël Bournival, Petteri Nokelainen, Dustin Tokarski, Robert Mayer and Louis Leblanc; all called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs earlier this week.

Lines and pairings at practice:

Gallagher - Eller - Galchenyuk
Prust - White - Moen
Desharnais - Bourque - Pacioretty
Gionta - Plekanec - Ryder
Halpern - Armstrong

Gorges - Diaz
Markov - Subban
Bouillon - Tinordi
Kaberle - Weber

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POSTED ON Saturday, 27.04.2013 / 1:10 PM

-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.

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POSTED ON Friday, 26.04.2013 / 2:54 PM

-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.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 25.04.2013 / 1:44 PM

-The Canadiens held an optional practice on Thursday morning a few hours ahead of their game against the Jets in Winnipeg.

-Players not on the ice today: Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Michael Ryder, Brandon Prust, David Desharnais and Rene Bourque.

-Jarred Tinordi will be in the lineup to face the Jets on Thursday night and is expected to play in a pairing with veteran Francis Bouillon. Yannick Weber will be a healthy scratch for the game.

-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.

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