Practice - December 27
- Defenseman Josh Gorges was back at practice on Friday afternoon after being sidelined for the Canadiens’ last game against the Nashville Predators on Dec. 21 with a lower-body injury. The veteran rearguard will be in the lineup against Tampa Bay.
- Carey Price will get the start in goal on Saturday night. Price holds a 9-6-3 record in 18 career games against the Lightning. The Anahim Lake, BC native dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to Tampa Bay back on Nov. 12, turning aside 44 of the 45 shots he faced on the night.
Lines and D pairings at practice:
Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
Prust – White – Moen
Galchenyuk – Eller – Briere
Parros - Bournival
Murray – Bouillon
Gorges – Subban
Markov – Emelin
- Canadiens prospects Martin Reway and Artturi Lehkonen were both in action at the World Junior Hockey Championships on Friday. Reway scored a goal and picked up three assists in Slovakia’s 9-2 win over Germany. For his part, Lehkonen registered one goal and one assist in Finland’s 5-1 win over Norway. To check out how Canadiens prospects are faring at the WJHC, click here.