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POSTED ON Friday, 01.02.2013 / 11:31 AM

- After skating in Brossard on Thursday, Max Pacioretty participated in his first full team practice since undergoing an emergency appendectomy last Saturday.

- Carey Price will be back in goal for the Canadiens on Saturday afternoon against the Sabres after he had the night off versus the Senators on Wednesday night at Scotiabank Place.

- Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien said no decision has been made as of yet on defenseman P.K. Subban's return to the lineup.

Lines and pairings at practice:

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

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

- The Hamilton Bulldogs get the second half of their AHL season underway tonight when Sylvain Lefebvre’s squad hosts the Grand Rapids Griffins at Copps Coliseum. With a record of 14-21-1-5 (34 points), the Bulldogs sit last in the AHL’s Western Conference.

- Several Canadiens’ prospects enjoyed a productive month of January with their respective Junior teams. Tim Bozon, selected 64th overall by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, picked up 14 points (5 G, 9 A) in 11 games with the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers. He’s ninth in league scoring with 67 points (29 G, 38 A). Charles Hudon, selected 122nd overall last year, amassed 16 points (7 G, 9 A) in 13 games with the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Saguenéens. In 40 games played this season, Hudon has collected 52 points (25 G, 27 A).

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 30.01.2013 / 11:39 AM

- The Canadiens held an optional skate on Wednesday morning. Mike Blunden, Yannick Weber, P.K. Subban and Peter Budaj were the only Habs who took part.

- Subban joined his teammates at the hotel on Tuesday night after signing a two-year deal on Monday.

- Budaj will get his first start of the season on Wednesday night against the Sens.  Craig Anderson will be between the pipes for Ottawa, looking to build on his league-leading .967 save percentage and 0.98 goals-against average.  

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 29.01.2013 / 12:02 PM

-P.K. Subban was not at the Canadiens’ practice in Brossard Tuesday morning and will instead rejoin his teammates when they make the trip to Ottawa.

-Tuesday practice was an optional that saw Rene Bourque, Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta and Francis Bouillon sitting out.

-Mike Blunden and Yannick Weber will be healthy scratches for Tuesday’s game against the Jets, while Tomas Kaberle will be back in the lineup.

-With several players taking the optional morning skate off, the usual lines and defensive pairings were unable to hit the ice together Tuesday morning, but the lineup should resemble the same one that took on the Capitals in Washington:

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

Emelin-Gorges
Diaz-Markov
Kaberle-Bouillon

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POSTED ON Monday, 28.01.2013 / 11:04 AM

- Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday the signing of defenseman P.K. Subban to a two-year contract (2012-13 to 2013-14)

-Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien and general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday morning that both Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher will be staying in Montreal. For Galchenyuk, it means that 2012-13 will now count as the first year of his three-season contract with the Habs.

-Defenseman Andrei Markov wasn’t on the ice for Monday’s practice, taking a therapy day after getting nearly 30 minutes of ice time Sunday night against the Devils.

-While he may have missed Sunday’s games, defenseman Tomas Kaberle was back on the ice with team on Monday after having recovered from taking a puck in the face during Saturday’s practice.

-Michel Therrien confirmed that Peter Budaj will step into the crease for at least one game for the Habs in the upcoming week.

Lines and pairings at practice:

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

Weber-Emelin
Kaberle-Bouillon
Diaz-Gorges

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POSTED ON Sunday, 27.01.2013 / 11:57 AM

- Max Pacioretty underwent an emergency appendectomy Saturday evening in Montreal. He’s expected to be out three to four weeks.

- No practice for the Canadiens on Sunday morning ahead of their 6:00 p.m. game against the Devils.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 26.01.2013 / 1:19 PM

-Max Pacioretty was absent from the Canadiens’ Saturday morning practice in Brossard and was at home with a fever. Michel Therrien stated that he’ll be a game time decision tomorrow for the Habs’ game against the Devils.

-Tomas Kaberle left the ice towards the end of the Canadiens practice after getting hit in the face with a puck during a drill. It will be decided tomorrow if he’ll play against New Jersey.

-Michel Therrien confirmed that after being a healthy scratch for the last two games, Lars Eller will be in the Canadiens lineup to face the Devils on Sunday.

-The first episode of 24CH, La Série will air on RDS tonight at 10:30 P.M.

Lines and pairings at practice:

Eller-Desharnais-Cole
Bourque-Plekenec-Gionta
Gallagher-Galchenyuk-Prust\
Armstrong-White-Moen

Diaz-Gorges
Kaberle-Bouillon
Emelin-Markov
Weber

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POSTED ON Friday, 25.01.2013 / 1:21 PM

-Optional practice for the Habs in Brossard on Friday morning. Eleven players were on the ice including Brandon Prust, Erik Cole, Tomas Kaberle, Yannick Weber, Brendan Gallagher, Lars Eller, Colby Armstrong, Travis Moen, Alex Galchenyuk, Ryan White and Peter Budaj.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 24.01.2013 / 12:02 PM

- Michel Therrien has decided to take an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach to his lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Capitals and will be using the same lines and pairings that earned the Habs their first win on Tuesday night against the Panthers.

Lines and Pairings at practice:
Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole
Moen-White-Armstrong
Prust-Galchenyuk-Gallagher
Eller

Markov-Emelin
Gorges-Diaz
Kaberle-Bouillon
Weber

- Hamilton Bulldogs forward Gabriel Dumont has been invited to take part in this year’s AHL All-Star Game. The event will take in Providence Rhode Island on Jan. 27 and 28. Brendan Gallagher was also invited to the event.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 23.01.2013 / 11:16 AM

- Brendan Gallagher and Mike Blunden got an early start to the morning, hitting the second rink in Brossard to work with Peter Budaj and Pierre Groulx.

- Bulldogs forward Gabriel Dumont was named to the Western Conference roster for the AHL All-Star Classic on Jan. 27 and 28.

- Francis Bouillon missed Wednesday’s practice for a therapy day. Michel Therrien confirmed he expects the veteran blue-liner to be in the lineup against the Capitals.

- The Hamilton Bulldogs announced on Tuesday that Ron Wilson was relieved of his duties as assistant coach of the hockey club.

- The Canadiens fly out to Washington at 2:00 p.m. for Thursday’s game against the Caps.

Lines and pairings at practice

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

Markov-Emelin
Gorges-Diaz
Kaberle-Weber

- The Canadiens assigned Michael Blunden to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Wednesday afternoon.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 22.01.2013 / 11:43 AM

-Brendan Gallagher is set to make his NHL debut tonight against the Florida Panthers. The 20-year-old will play on a line alongside Brandon Prust and fellow rookie Alex Galchenyuk.

-Forwards Lars Eller and Mike Blunden, as well as defenseman Yannick Weber will he healthy scratches for Tuesday night’s game.

Lines and pairings at practice:

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

Markov-Emelin
Kaberle-Bouillon
Diaz-Gorges
Weber

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