-The St-John Sea Dogs and Nathan Beaulieu will square off against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in the QMJHL semi-finals. Up to now, Beaulieu has registered eight points in as many games, coming up with a plus-15 differential.
-Morgan Ellis, Michael Bournival and the Shawinigan Cataractes saw their playoff stretch stopped yesterday, after falling 3-2 to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in game number 7. Both players will nonetheless be part of the Memorial Cup at the end of May in Shawinigan. Ellis recorded 11 points in 11 games whereas Bournival registered seven points in 11 games.
-In the WHL, the Tri-City Americans along with Patrick Holland are still staying afloat, with game number 7 being played out tonight. Five out of the six games were decided by one goal, three of them scored in overtime. Holland has recorded 12 points in nine games.
-In the OHL, the London Knights and Jarred Tinordi kick off the semi finals Thursday night against the Kitchener Rangers. In the first two rounds, the 6’7” defenseman tallied five points in 10 games.
- Émile Bouchard's funeral will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 11 a.m. at Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue church at the corner of Saint-Charles Street and Chemin de Chambly, in Longueuil. The family will receive condolences in front of the church from 10 a.m.
- Lars Eller (Denmark), Tomas Plekanec (Czech Republic), Alexei Emelin (Russia), P.K. Subban (Canada) and Max Pacioretty (United States) will be lacing up to represent their respective countries at the World Hockey Championships, taking place at the beginning of May in Finland and Sweden.
- In the QMJHL, Nathan Beaulieu is continuing to turn in strong performances for the Sea Dogs, logging three assists in his team’s first two victories over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Morgan Ellis and the Cataractes are tied up with one game apiece against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, with Ellis scoring a goal in both games and Michaël Bournival recording an assist.
- In the OHL, Jarred Tinordi and the Knight are trailing 2-1 in their series against the Saginaw Spirit, while in the WHL, Patrick Holland and the Americans are tied with the Spokane Cheifs at one game each.
- None of the injured players will return to action against the Leafs. There will be no changes to the lineup from Thursday night.
- Peter Budaj will get his fourth consecutive start on Saturday night.
- Alexei Emelin will miss Thursday's game with an upper-body injury.
- Peter Budaj will get his third start in as many games.
- No practice scheduled for the Canadiens Thursday morning with their match-up with the Carolina Hurricanes only a few hours away. Habs head coach Randy Cunneyworth will speak with the media at 5:00 p.m.
- Carey Price was examined by team doctor Dr. David Mulder this morning. He was diagnosed with a mild concussion. He will be out for the rest of the season.
- Pierre Groulx hung his goalie pads up and was back on his skates with the coaching staff as netminder Robert Mayer geared up for morning practice with the Canadiens on Wednesday.
- Mayer’s Bulldogs teammate Gabriel Dumont was also at practice on Wednesday preparing for the match up against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
- Peter Budaj will be between the pipes for Wednesday’s game against the Bolts. It will be Budaj’s third career start against the Tampa Bay team.
- Cunneyworth also reassured that Erik Cole, who wasn’t at practice on Wednesday, was having a therapy day and will be playing against the Bolts that night.
- Josh Gorges was awarded the Jacques-Beauchamp-Molson for the 2011-12 season. The trophy is awarded to the player who played a dominant role during the regular season, without earning any particular honor. More details here.
- Robert Mayer and Gabriel Dumont have been called-up from Hamilton. They should be in Montreal for Wednesday’s practice.Both will be in uniform for the game vs the Bolts, Mayer will be wearing number 65 and Dumont will be wearing number 37.
-Lines at practice :
- Canadiens’ goaltending coach, Pierre Groulx dressed as the second goaltender along with Peter Budaj for the Habs’ morning skate.
- Tomas Kaberle was on hand for the Canadiens practice on Monday morning, but is still not confirmed to be in the lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Lightning at the Bell Centre.
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- Only a few injured players skated at Verizon Center on Saturday morning.
- Peter Budaj will get his 14th start of the season, looking to get his first win against the Caps in his third career start against Washington.