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January 23, 2014

Thursday, 23.01.2014 / 1:46 PM
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Rapid Fire
January 23, 2014

The Canadiens practiced at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday afternoon in preparation for Friday’s game against the Red Wings. All players took part in the skate.

Mac Bennett and the University of Michigan Wolverines will face the Michigan State Spartans at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday night.

Before the Canadiens hit the ice on Friday night, Habs prospect and Wolverines captain Mac Bennett will have a chance to test out the ice at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday, taking part in a NCAA matchup between the University of Michigan and Michigan State. The 22-year-old blue-liner currently has six points in 18 games in his senior year in Ann Arbor.

After sitting out Wednesday’s game as a healthy scratch, Alexei Emelin will return to the lineup to face the Red Wings on Friday. He was paired with Andrei Markov on the blue line during Thursday’s practice in Detroit.

Michel Therrien confirmed Carey Price will get his 41st start of the season on Friday. Price has a 2-2-1 career record against the Wings, sporting a .925 save percentage and a 2.36 goals-against average in that span.

Lines and D pairings at practice

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
Eller-Plekanec-Gionta
Bourque-Briere-Prust
Leblanc-Parros-Bournival-Moen

Gorges-Beaulieu
Markov-Emelin
Murray-Subban
Bouillon-Diaz