Game Day - Ducks - March 5
Dustin Tokarski will make his first start of the season on Wednesday night. In seven career NHL starts, Tokarski owns a 1-3-1 record over two seasons with Tampa. Prior to being called up by the Canadiens, Tokarski had compiled a record of 13-2-1 in 17 games in Hamilton, owning a 2.34 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
After being traded to the Canadiens for a 2015 fifth-round pick on Tuesday, Mike Weaver joined the Canadiens in Anaheim on Tuesday night and was on the ice with his new team on Wednesday morning. The 5-foot-10 blue-liner was paired with Francis Bouillon for the morning skate and will not play against the Ducks.
Brandon Prust (upper body) and Michael Bournival (concussion) were wearing blue no-contact jerseys at practice and will not play on Wednesday night.
Carey Price took to the ice briefly on his own for the second day in a row as he continues recovering from a lower body injury.
After missing the previous game against the Kings, George Parros will be back in the lineup to face his former team in Anaheim. Parros spent six seasons in Anaheim from 2006-07 to 2011-12 and will be facing his former team in Anaheim for the first time. Lars Eller will not play against the Ducks.
“It’s my first game back and I’m really looking forward to it. The lockout prevented us from coming out here last year so I’m excited to be here,” shared Parros, who won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2006-07. “There are a lot of familiar faces and a lot of good memories, from the security guys on down. I’m looking forward to tonight and hopefully getting a win. They’re on fire this year. Hopefully we can take two points from them.”
After being acquired by the Canadiens on Wednesday afternoon from the Islanders for a second-round pick in 2014 and prospect Sebastian Collberg, Thomas Vanek will not be available for Wednesday’s game but will be in the lineup against Phoenix on Thursday. Vanek will wear No. 20 with the Canadiens.
“Wow, what great news for our team,” mentioned head coach Michel Therrien, who hadn’t spoken to Vanek prior to meeting with the media and wouldn’t confirm who he envisions his new winger playing with. “I look at that move as a sign of confidence from Marc Bergevin to the players for the work they’ve put in since the start of the season. It’s a really exciting addition. It’s important for us to continue doing what we’ve been doing all year now. Thomas Vanek is a prolific scorer who can play on the right side or the left. We all know what he can bring to a power play, too.”
Lines and D pairings at practice
Lines and D pairings at practiceGalchenyuk-Plekanec-Gionta
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