- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Tuesday morning in preparation for their tilt against the Oilers at the Bell Centre.
While the Habs are coming off a tough loss at the hands of the Predators in Montreal on Saturday night, the Oilers enter the game having snapped a five-game losing streak over the weekend with a 3-1 victory over the Senators in Ottawa. Despite the fact that the Canadiens bested the Oilers 4-1 at Rexall Place 12 days ago and that Edmonton has just two wins thus far this season, Michel Therrien’s troops know that their opponents are hungry to turn their fortunes around as they close out a six-game road trip.
“I think they’re going to try to win a hockey game. They played well in Ottawa on Saturday and got a big win there. They’ve kind of had that taste and they want to keep going,” affirmed Brendan Gallagher, who ranks second on the team with four goals in eight games on the year. “For us it’s going to be a big bounce back game. We didn’t play very well last game. It’s on us to focus on getting back to what we do well.”
- Nathan Beaulieu took part in the morning skate after being called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs late Monday afternoon. Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Beaulieu will take part in Tuesday night’s game. He will take Jarred Tinordi’s spot in the lineup.
“It’s exciting to be here. It never gets old coming back up which is the good thing. The biggest thing is, if I have an opportunity, I’ve got to take the bull by the horns and try to run with it,” mentioned the 20-year-old Strathroy, ON native, who will play his third game of the year for the Canadiens on Tuesday night. “It’s definitely something you need to adapt to, being up and down. I got to play a game a few nights ago against the [Toronto] Marlies. It was good to play big minutes and get my feet going again. It was a good confidence booster and it was important that I played well in that game.”
- Following practice, Therrien also confirmed that Patrick Holland will be in the lineup on Tuesday night. It will be his first NHL game. Michael Blunden will also suit up for the Habs for the first time this season.
Lines and D pairings at practice:
- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.
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