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POSTED ON Monday, 30.09.2013 / 11:47 AM

- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Monday morning, the last full day of practice before the season opening match against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

- Absent were Douglas Murray, Davis Drewiske and Alexei Emelin. Drewiske and Emelin are rehabbing their respective injuries, while Murray has suffered an upper-body injury during practice on Sunday and will be out for four to six week.

- The players spent a great deal of time perfecting the powerplay, with five-on-four and five-on-three puck movement drills occurring at both ends of the rink.

Lines at practice:

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

Markov - Diaz
Gorges – Subban
Bouillon – Tinordi

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POSTED ON Sunday, 29.09.2013 / 11:09 AM

- The Canadiens held a practice at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard once again on Sunday morning. All of the players were present, expect for Alexei Emelin and Davis Drewiske.

- The majority of the on-ice session was spent practicing special teams, with the Habs spending time working on both the power play and the penalty kill.

Lines and pairings at practice:

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

Markov - Diaz
Bouillon – Tinordi
Gorges – Subban
Murray

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POSTED ON Saturday, 28.09.2013 / 11:20 AM

- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Saturday morning. Every player except Davis Drewiske and Alexei Emelin were present.

- The players worked on five-on-five zone drills which emphasized passing and puck control, and an intensely physical 2 vs. 2 goalmouth scramble drill.

- At the end of practice, everyone on the ice piled onto Andrei Markov in celebration when the Russian hit a slapshot, on command, 180 feet down the ice and off the opposing crossbar.

- In other news, Ryan White had shed off his trademark blonde locks and appeared at the morning practice with a shaved head.

Lines at practice:

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

Gorges – Subban
Bouillon – Tinordi
Markov - Diaz
Murray

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POSTED ON Thursday, 26.09.2013 / 11:41 AM
Habs lineup - Sept. 26 vs. Ottawa Senators

30 - Peter Budaj
31 - Carey Price

40 - Nathan Beaulieu
26 - Josh Gorges
55 - Francis Bouillon
61 - Raphael Diaz
76 - P.K. Subban
79 - Andrei Markov

21 - Brian Gionta
11 - Brendan Gallagher
14 - Tomas Plekanec
17 - Rene Bourque
27 - Alex Galchenyuk
32 - Travis Moen
48 - Daniel Brière
51 - David Desharnais
53 - Ryan White
67 - Max Pacioretty
81 - Lars Eller
49 - Michaël Bournival
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POSTED ON Thursday, 26.09.2013 / 10:50 AM

- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Thursday morning ahead of the evening’s match against the Ottawa Senators, the final game in the pre-season schedule. Players who took part in Wednesday night’s match were given the day off.

- Douglas Murray was back at practice, wearing a red full-contact jersey. He had been absent for the past week with a lower-body injury.

- Only 13 skaters and both goalies took part in the practice: Forwards Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Daniel Brière, George Parros, Rene Bourque, Max Pacioretty, Gabriel Dumont and David Desharnais. On defense were Josh Gorges, Andrei Markov, Douglas Murray, P.K. Subban and Francis Bouillon

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 25.09.2013 / 11:09 AM

- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Wednesday morning right before taking the team bus to Ottawa.

- Prospect Magnus Nygren ringed a snap shot off the facemask of Peter Budaj early in the practice. Nygren quickly apologized to the veteran netminder and there was no harm done.

- Martin St-Pierre, Darren Dietz, Christian Thomas, Patrick Holland, Greg Pateryn, Nick Tarnasky and Nathan Beaulieu were also on the ice practicing with the rest of Wednesday night's lineup. Beaulieu will make his pre-season debut Wednesday night in Ottawa.

- Players who will sit out Wednesday night’s game against the Senators did not participate in practice on the main rink. Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Rene Bourque, Francis Bouillon, P.K. Subban, Josh Gorges, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Daniel Briere worked on one-on-one drills on the other surface.

- Absent with injury were George Parros, Douglas Murray and Davis Drewiske.

Lines at practice:

Galchenyuk – Eller - Gallagher
Bournival - Moen – White
Holland – St-Pierre - Thomas
Tarnasky - Dumont – Blunden

Tinordi - Pateryn
Beaulieu - Diaz
Dietz- Nygren

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 24.09.2013 / 11:34 AM

- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Tuesday morning after posting a 3-2 pre-season win against New Jersey.

- Brandon Prust had a therapy day and did not skate. Gionta returned to form a line with Plekanec and Bourque, while Michael Blunden praticed with the main group.

- Douglas Murray skated in company of a physio and is still day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

- Alexei Emelin and Davis Drewiske did not practice.

- Carey Price and Peter Budaj were the first ones out on the ice with goaltenders coach Stephane Waite.

- Prospects Nathan Beaulieu and Darren Dietz practiced with the rest of the starting lineup. Greg Pateryn, Nick Tarnasky, Martin St-Pierre, Gabriel Dumont, Christian Thomas and Magnus Nygren skated on the other ice surface at the Bell Sports Complex.

- The team wrapped up the practice session with a round of shootouts. Assistant coach Gerand Gallant beat both Budaj and Price on back-to-back shots, to the delight of everyone on the ice...except the two goaltenders.

Lines at practice:

Pacioretty – Desharnais – Briere
Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
Galchenyuk – Eller - Gallagher
Bournival - Moen – White
Parros – Holland – Blunden

Gorges – Subban
Bouillon – Tinordi
Markov - Diaz
Dietz – Beaulieu

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POSTED ON Monday, 23.09.2013 / 10:49 AM

- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Monday morning in preparation for a pre-season match against the New Jersey at the Bell Centre.

- Nathan Beaulieu, who has recovered from a shoulder injury suffered on the first day of training camp, practiced with his teammates and wore a regular, full-contact jersey.

- Francis Bouillon and Travis Moen practiced with the team, and will take part in the match as well. Bouillon skated on a duo with Jarred Tinordi, while Moen practiced on a line with Ryan White and Michael Bournival.

- Greg Pateryn, Douglas Murray and Davis Drewiske did not practice and are out with lower-body injuries.

- Training on the other rink were Martin St-Pierre, Christian Thomas, Nick Tarnasky, Gabriel Dumont, Mike Blunden and Magnus Nygren.

- With Dustin Tokarski returned to Hamilton, Carey Price and Peter Budaj are the only netminders remaining with the team.

Lines at practice:

Pacioretty – Desharnais – Briere
Bourque – Plekanec – Prust
Galchenyuk – Eller - Gallagher
Bournival - Moen – White
Parros – Holland – Gionta (will not play)

Gorges – Subban
Markov - Diaz
Bouillon – Tinordi
Dietz - Beaulieu (will not play)

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POSTED ON Monday, 23.09.2013 / 10:30 AM
Habs lineup - Sept. 23 vs. New Jersey Devils

30 - Peter Budaj
31 - Carey Price

42 - Jarred Tinordi
26 - Josh Gorges
55 - Francis Bouillon
61 - Raphael Diaz
76 - P.K. Subban
79 - Andrei Markov

8 - Brandon Prust
11 - Brendan Gallagher
14 - Tomas Plekanec
17 - Rene Bourque
27 - Alex Galchenyuk
32 - Travis Moen
48 - Daniel Brière
51 - David Desharnais
53 - Ryan White
67 - Max Pacioretty
81 - Lars Eller
49 - Michaël Bournival
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POSTED ON Sunday, 22.09.2013 / 1:44 PM

Three players were released from Canadiens training camp on Sunday afternoon.

Forwards Michael McCarron and Sebastian Collberg are headed back to their respective clubs. McCarron will return to the OHL's London Knights, while Collberg will rejoin Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League.

Goaltender Dustin Tokarski was also cut. He will take part in training camp with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

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