- The Canadiens held an optional skate in Brossard on Thursday morning ahead of their Game 5 matchup against the Senators at the Bell Centre. 21 players took part in the on-ice session, including goaltenders Peter Budaj and Robert Mayer.
- Lars Eller skated on the Bell Sports Complex’s secondary ice surface ahead of the optional skate.
- Mike Blunden and Michaël Bournival skated alongside the rest of the team at practice. Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Blunden will take Brandon Prust's spot in the lineup, while Bournival will take part in the warm-up prior to Game 5.
- Carey Price will not return in the series against Ottawa due to a lower-body injury.
- Peter Budaj will make his first career postseason start on Thursday night against the Senators.
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