POSTED ON Monday, 25.03.2013 / 11:19 AM

- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Monday morning ahead of their afternoon departure on a two-game road trip to Pittsburgh and Boston. The Habs will take on the Penguins on Tuesday and the Bruins on Wednesday.

- Forward Jeff Halpern participated in his first practice with the Canadiens since being acquired off waivers from the New York Rangers on Saturday.

- Forward Brandon Prust (minor shoulder separation) skated on Brossard’s secondary rink on Monday. He indicated that his recoverey is progressing, but could not specify a timetable for a return. Prust will not travel with the team this week.

- Defenseman Yannick Weber (knee injury) skated on the principal ice surface alongside his teammates, while forwards Rene Bourque (concussion) and Ryan White (lower-body injury) did not take part in Monday morning’s practice session and are being evaluated on a daily basis.

- Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Carey Price will get the start in goal against the Penguins on Tuesday night.

Lines and pairings at practice:

Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta
Galchenyuk-Eller-Armstrong
Moen-Halpern-Dumont
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
Blunden

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

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POSTED ON Saturday, 23.03.2013 / 10:51 AM

- The Canadiens claimed Jeff Halpern (NYR) off waivers on Saturday morning. He will not play against the Sabres.

- Episode 4 of 24CH will air just prior to the Habs-Sabres game, at 6:00 p.m on RDS.

- Saturday night will mark Travis Moen’s 600th career NHL game.

- Rene Bourque (concussion) and Brandon Prust (upper body) were not on the ice with their teammates for the pre-game skate.

Lines and D pairings at practice

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta
Galchenyuk-Eller-Armstrong
Moen-Dumont-Blunden

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

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POSTED ON Friday, 22.03.2013 / 12:10 PM

-The Canadiens held an optional practice on Friday morning in Brossard.

-Players present on the ice included Travis Moen, Gabriel Dumont, P.K. Subban, Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Kaberle, Brendan Gallagher, Yannick Weber, Jarred Tinordi and Peter Budaj.

-The Canadiens announced the call-up of Mike Blunden from the Hamilton Bulldogs. Blunden is expected to be at the team’s morning skate on Saturday and should play that night versus the Sabres.

-Ryan White is expected to be absent from the Canadiens Saturday night game against the Sabres, sidelined with a lower body injury.

-Carey Price will be in nets to face the Sabres at the Bell Centre on Saturday.

-Canadiens prospect Danny Kristo received a good piece of news on Thursday. The right-winger who currently plays for the University of North Dakota in the NCAA has been nominated for the Hobey Baker, awarded to the top player in the NCAA. In 36 games this season, Kristo has racked up a total of 50 points, ranking him third in points among all players in the NCAA. Kristo also led the WCHA with 24 goals. The winner of the award will be announced on April 12, 2013 during the presentation of the Frozen Four.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 21.03.2013 / 12:42 PM

The Canadiens held a brief practice Thursday morning at the Nassau Coliseum, a few hours ahead of their game against the Islanders.

Rene Bourque took part in the morning skate along with the rest of his teammates. However, as head coach Michel Therrien mentioned before leaving Montreal, Bourque is not expected to take part in Thursday’s game.

Five players were not on the ice for the Habs’ morning skate, with Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Francis Bouillon all sitting out. They are all expected to be on hand to face the Islanders when the puck drops at 7:00 p.m.

Tomas Kaberle and Peter Budaj both stayed on the ice following practice along with the team’s goaltending coach, Pierre Groulx.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 20.03.2013 / 11:11 AM

- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Wednesday morning ahead of their afternoon departure for Long Island. The Habs will square off with the New York Islanders on Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.

- After practicing alongside his teammates with a "no contact" jersey on Tuesday morning, Rene Bourque was sporting a standard, white jersey during Wednesday morning's practice session. Bourque has missed the last 12 games with a concussion. He will accompany the team on their trip to Long Island, and will be re-evaluated on Friday.

- Defenseman Francis Bouillon has signed a one-year contract extension with the Canadiens.

Lines and pairings at practice:


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

Markov-Emelin
Gorges-Subban
Tinordi-Bouillon
Kaberle

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 19.03.2013 / 11:40 AM

- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Tuesday morning ahead of their match up with the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre.

- Forward Rene Bourque skated alongside his teammates in Brossard for the first time since being sidelined with a concussion. He sported a 'no-contact' jersey during the practice session. Bourque has missed the last 11 games.

- Forward Michael Blunden has been returned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL after playing in last Saturday night's tilt against the New Jersey Devils.

Lines and pairings at practice:

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta
Dumont-White-Moen
Armstrong-Eller-Galchenyuk

Markov-Emelin
Gorges-Subban
Tinordi-Bouillon
Kaberle

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POSTED ON Monday, 18.03.2013 / 1:13 PM

- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Monday morning ahead of their Tuesday night match up with the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre.

- Forward Michael Ryder skated alongside his teammates after missing Saturday night's game in New Jersey with a lower-body injury. Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Ryder should be ready to play against the Sabres on Tuesday night.

- Brandon Prust, Rene Bourque and Yannick Weber skated on Brossard's secondary ice surface with Habs' strength and conditioning coach Pierre Allard.

- A day prior to signing a three-year contract with the Canadiens on March 17, Saskatoon Blades' defenseman Darren Dietz closed out the WHL regular season in style, tallying three assists against the Prince Albert Raiders. Dietz registered four points (1G, 3A) over his last two games of the year.

Lines and pairings at practice:

Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
Dumont-Galchenyuk-Eller
Armstrong-White-Moen
Blunden

Gorges-Subban
Tinordi-Bouillon
Markov-Emelin
Kaberle

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POSTED ON Saturday, 16.03.2013 / 12:33 PM

- After being recalled from the Bulldogs on Friday afternoon, Michael Blunden finally rejoined his teammates in Newark for the morning skate at the Prudential Center. Blunden’s whirlwind travel plans included a 5:25 a.m. flight from Newfoundland for a 10:15 a.m. arrival in Newark. He will play with Colby Armstrong and Ryan White.

- Michael Ryder did not make the trip to New Jersey with the team.

- Carey Price will get his 22nd start of the year on Saturday night.

- After being called up on Thursday morning, Jarred Tinordi will suit up for his first career NHL game against the Devils. He will play with Francis Bouillon.

- The Devils will hold a pre-game ceremony for longtime Devils goaltending guru and Rouyn-Noranda, QC native, Jacques Caron, prior to puck drop on Saturday.

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POSTED ON Friday, 15.03.2013 / 8:36 AM

- The Canadiens have inked forward David Desharnais to a four-year contract extension.

Over the course of 27 games this season, Desharnais has scored eight goals in addition to eight assists. The center also has one power play goal and two game-winning goals in the Habs’ most recent campaign.

In 157 career games with the Canadiens, Desharnais has logged 32 goals and 67 assists for a total of 99 points. In 2011-12, in his first full season with the club in the NHL, he tallied 44 assists and 60 points.

- Jarred Tinordi was on the ice with the Canadiens for practice on Friday morning. Sporting the number 42, Tinordi was paired with defenseman Francis Bouillon. In Michel Therrien’s press conference following the practice, the coach confirmed that Tinordi will play his first NHL game against the Devils on Saturday night.

- Forward Petteri Nokelainen has been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. Nokelainen will play his first game as a member of the Bulldogs on Friday night against the St. John Icecaps.

- Once again, Rene Bourque skated alone following the team’s practice.

- Forward Mike Blunden has been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs.

- Forward Michael Ryder did not make the trip to New Jersey due to a lower-body injury.

Lines and pairings at practice:
Gallagher-Desharnais-Pacioretty
Moen-White-Armstrong
Gionta-Plekanec-Ryder
Galchenyuk-Eller-Dumont

Gorges-Subban
Tinordi-Bouillon
Markov-Emelin
Kaberle

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POSTED ON Thursday, 14.03.2013 / 9:48 AM
- No practice for the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

- The Montreal Canadiens have called up defenseman Jarred Tinordi from the Hamilton Bulldogs. He will join the Habs in Brossard for their Friday morning practice ahead of the team’s Saturday night game against the Devils in New Jersey.

In 55 games with the Bulldogs this season, the 6-foot-6 defenseman has registered a total of two goals and nine assists, while also dropping the gloves on five occasions and racking up 51 penalty minutes. This is the first year of Tinordi’s professional career after having captained the London Knights to an Ontario Hockey League Championship in 2012. Tinordi’s accomplishments also include a gold medal at the U18 World Championship in 2009-10 as a member of the American team.
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