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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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POSTED ON Friday, 08.03.2013 / 10:09 AM

- The Canadiens have a day off today in Tampa ahead of their Saturday night match up with the Lightning.

- Defenseman Greg Pateryn will join the team today in Tampa. The 6-foot-2 rearguard has registered eight points this season in 22 games with the Bulldogs.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.03.2013 / 1:07 PM

- Canadiens recalled defenseman Greg Pateryn after Thursday's game . He will join the team Friday in Tampa. Pateryn will wear No. 64.

-Michel Therrien was absent from the Canadiens' Thursday morning practice due to an intestine infection. He is still expected to be behind the bench for the Habs tilt against the Hurricanes in Carolina.

-It's confirmed that Carey Price will be in the crease for the Habs on Thursday night, with the goalie in search of his 12th win of the season.

-Yannick Weber will make a return to the Habs' lineup against Carolina and is expected to be paired with Francis Bouillon who will be playing in his 700th career NHL game.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.03.2013 / 3:07 PM

-Only a few players were on the ice for Wednesday morning’s optional practice at the Hurricanes' practice arena, Raleigh Center Ice.

-Petteri Nokelainen, Alex Galchenyuk, Gabriel Dumont, Tomas Kaberle and Yannick Weber all took to the ice to run some drills with goaltenders Carey Price and Peter Budaj.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.03.2013 / 12:41 PM

-The Canadiens hit the ice for an optional practice Tuesday morning at Nassau Coliseum in preparation for their match-up against the Islanders.

-Seventeen players participated in the optional skate with only Brian Gionta, Tomas Kaberle, Tomas Plekanec, Francis Bouillon and Michael Ryder not taking to the ice.

-Following the skate, Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Carey Price will indeed man the crease for the Habs Tuesday night.

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