POSTED ON Monday, 25.02.2013 / 11:44 AM

- All players were on the ice for the morning skate at Scotiabank Place, except Rene Bourque (Flu) and Petteri Nokelainen (Back).

- The lines and defense pairings were the same as they were during Saturday’s game against the Rangers.

Lines and D pairings

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
Prust-Plekanec-Gionta
Galchenyuk-Eller-Cole
Armstrong-White-Moen

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

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POSTED ON Saturday, 23.02.2013 / 11:33 AM

- Sixteen players - eight forwards, seven defensemen and goaltender Peter Budaj - took part in an optional skate on Saturday morning in Brossard ahead of the match-up with the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre.

- Forwards on the ice on Saturday morning included Colby Armstrong, Alex Galchenyuk, Erik Cole, Travis Moen, Brendan Gallagher, David Desharnais, Lars Eller, and Ryan White. Defensemen included Raphael Diaz, Alexei Emelin, Josh Gorges, Tomas Kaberle, Andrei Markov, P.K. Subban and Yannick Weber.

- Brendan Gallagher has indicated that he's received a 'green-light' from team doctors to resume play as early as Saturday night.

- The Hamilton Bulldogs beat the Rochester Americans 3-2 on Friday night in front of over 10,000 specators at the Bell Centre. Michael Blunden, Jarred Tiniordi and Steve Quailer tallied for the Bulldogs, who earned a sixth win in their last eight games.

- Newly appointed Montreal Alouettes head coach Dan Hawkins and his entire coaching staff will be in attendance at Saturday night's contest.

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POSTED ON Friday, 22.02.2013 / 11:58 AM

- The power play units were on the ice early working on systems in Brossard.

- Brandon Prust missed Friday’s practice for a therapy day.

- The Hamilton Bulldogs are in action at the Bell Centre on Friday night for a game against the Rochester Americans. Puck drop at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, click HERE

- Brendan Gallagher was cleared for contact and will meet with doctors on Saturday morning, but Michel Therrien confirmed “it looks good” for him to be in the lineup against the Rangers.

Lines and D pairings at practice

Gallagher-Desharnais-Pacioretty
Eller-Galchenyuk-Cole
Gionta-Plekanec-Bourque
Armstrong-White-Moen

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

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POSTED ON Thursday, 21.02.2013 / 10:55 AM

- Brendan Gallagher was back on the ice with his teammates for practice on Thursday but has not been cleared for contact and will not be in the lineup against the Islanders.

- Carey Price will get his 13th start of the season on Thursday night against the Isles, looking to add another win to his league-leading nine victories so far.

- Saskatoon Blades forward and Habs prospect Darren Dietz had three assists in his team’s 5-1 blowout win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday night to give the BLades a 13th straight win.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 20.02.2013 / 2:47 PM

- Former Canadiens defenseman Jean Gauthier passed away today at age 75. A Montreal native, Gauthier played 166 games in his NHL career, from 1961 to 1970, including 90 with the Habs (1-20-21, 68 PIMs). He also suited up for seven playoff games (16 PIMs) with the Canadiens, capturing the Stanley Cup with the Habs in 1965.

- Day Off for the Canadiens. Next practice Thursday, February 21 - 10:30 am at Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 19.02.2013 / 10:18 AM

- No morning skate for the Canadiens on Tuesday morning. It's a 7:00 pm puck-drop.

- Brendan Gallagher didn't make the trip to New York. Ryan White should play in the game.

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POSTED ON Monday, 18.02.2013 / 11:54 AM

- Carey Price and P.K. Subban took part in the morning skate in Brossard ahead of Monday night's match-up with the Carolina Hurricanes at the Bell Centre. Price was sidelined on Saturday night against the Flyers with a flu virus. He will back up Peter Budaj against Carolina. Subban was suffering from a sore throat on Sunday morning and did not practice with the team.

- Brendan Gallagher did not participate in the morning skate after sustaining a concussion against the Flyers on Saturday night. He is sidelined indefinitely, and the league protocol is being followed in his case. Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that while Gallagher is feeling better, he will not play Monday night against the Hurricanes or Tuesday night against the New York Rangers.

- Therrien also confirmed that Ryan White will be back in the line-up on Monday night against the Hurricanes after sitting out the last 4 games, and that P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty will return to action against Carolina.

- Therrien said that while his lines are not yet definitive for Monday night's game, Lars Eller would play wing alongside David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty.

- Petteri Nokelainen, sidelined with a back injury, skated in Brossard on Monday morning under the watchful eye of head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 17.02.2013 / 1:49 PM

The Canadiens practiced Sunday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard following Saturday night’s 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Carey Price, who was sidelined with a flu virus Saturday night, was not present at practice. P.K. Subban was also not present at practice due to flu-like symptoms.

Alexei Emelin and Max Pacioretty both returned to practice on Sunday morning in Brossard after sustaining upper-body injuries during the third period of Saturday night’s contest against the Flyers.

Head coach Michel Therrien provided a status update on the health of several Canadiens’ players during his post-practice press conference on Sunday –

Brendan Gallagher suffered a concussion during Saturday night’s win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The team will follow the league-mandated concussion protocol in Gallagher’s case. Therrien said Gallagher felt fine on Sunday morning, but he will not play Monday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Peter Budaj will get the start in goal on Monday night against the Carolina Hurricanes in Montreal, while Carey Price will serve as Budaj’s back-up. Therrien indicated that he would like Price to have a practice or two under his belt before returning to action.

Goaltender Robert Mayer has been sent back to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs after serving as Peter Budaj’s back-up on Saturday night.

Prospect Michael Bournival recorded a natural-hat trick in the third period Saturday night to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 4-2 win over the Houston Aeros at Copps Coliseum. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski, who was recently acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning, picked up the win in his Bulldogs debut. It marked Hamilton’s fourth consecutive victory and the club’s fifth win in their last six games.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 16.02.2013 / 10:16 AM

- Carey Price missed Saturday’s morning skate with the flu and will not be in the lineup against the Flyers. Goaltender coach Pierre Groulx filled in for Price between the pipes during practice.

- Robert Mayer has been called up from Hamilton and will backup Peter Budaj on Saturday night. In 26 games with the Bulldogs this year, Mayer has an 11-10-3 record with a .900 save percentage and 2.99 goals-against average.

- Budaj will get his third start of the season on Saturday.

Lines and D pairings at practice

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

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

Budaj

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POSTED ON Friday, 15.02.2013 / 10:15 AM

- No practice for the Canadiens on Friday. The players return to the ice on Saturday, February 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard for a morning skate prior to the game against the Flyers on Saturday night.

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