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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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POSTED ON Wednesday, 13.03.2013 / 11:57 AM

-Michel Therrien confirmed that there will be no changes made to the lines and defensive pairings that faced the Panthers in Florida on Sunday.

-After a night off in Sunday against the Panthers, Carey Price is expected to make his 21st start of the season for the Habs on Wednesday night at the Bell Centre.

-Yannick Weber, Brandon Prust, and Raphael Diaz were once again not on the ice for Wednesday’s morning skate, while Rene Bourque skated alone on the Bell Sports Complex’s second rink.

Lines and pairings at practice:

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

Gorges - Subban
Pateryn - Bouillon
Markov - Emelin
Kaberle

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 1:02 PM

- The Canadiens practiced in Brossard on Tuesday morning ahead of their Wednesday night match-up with the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre.

- Rene Bourque, sidelined with a concussion, skated on his own in Brossard prior to the Canadiens' Tuesday morning practice session. Petteri Nokelainen, meanhwhile, skated for the duration of the practice, and participated in all drills.

- Brandon Prust, Yannick Weber and Raphael Diaz were not present at practice on Tuesday.

- In his post-practice press conference, head coach Michel Therrien explained that the standard concussion protocol is being observed in the cases of both Bourque and Diaz, and that Bourque is slightly ahead of Diaz in his recovery effort. Diaz has, however, resumed light workouts.

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

Gorges-Subban
Pateryn-Bouillon
Markov-Emelin
Kaberle

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POSTED ON Sunday, 10.03.2013 / 2:46 PM

-After a win in Tampa Bay on Saturday night, the Canadiens enjoyed a day off on Sunday in Sunrise ahead of their 6:00 p.m. match with the Panthers.

-Michel Therrien confirmed that forward Brandon Prust suffered a minor shoulder separation when he crashed into the boards during Saturday night’s game in Tampa and is expected to be out of the lineup for approximately 10 days.

-Therrien also confirmed that Peter Budaj will get the start in nets for the Habs on Sunday night against the Panthers.

-With Prust out, Ryan White will rejoin the Canadiens’ lineup on Sunday to face the Panthers.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 09.03.2013 / 1:17 PM

-The Canadiens hit the ice for a morning skate on Saturday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum a few hours ahead of their 7:00 p.m. game against the Lightning.

-After arriving in Tampa Bay on Friday night, Greg Pateryn will be inserted in the Habs lineup on Saturday for his first NHL game, replacing defenseman Tomas Kaberle who will be a healthy scratch.

-Gabriel Dumont will play his first game of the season for the Habs, with the 22-year-old forward taking to the ice for the fourth NHL game of his career after being called up from the Bulldogs at the beginning of the Canadiens’ five-game road trip.

-Carey Price will get the start for the Habs in Tampa Bay as he lookd for his 13th win of the season.

Lines and pairings at practice:

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

Markov-Emelin
Subban-Gorges
Bouillon-Pateryn

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