- The Canadiens practiced for the first time on Monday since the regular season came to a close on Saturday night.
- Lars Eller was back skating with his teammates after missing three games with an illness. Eller confirmed he’s back to 100% healthy and just needs to work on his timing to be ready for game situations.
“It was good to get back out there today and feel the ice. I’m sure that I’ll be fine for Wednesday,” confirmed the 25-year-old forward. “It was better getting sick there than a week later, but there’s never a good time to get sick.”
- Brandon Prust, who missed the last 12 games with an upper body injury, was also back with the team after working on body checking alongside strength coach Pierre Allard after Saturday’s morning skate. Prust is still considered day-to-day and Michel Therrien would not confirm whether he would be ready for Game 1 on Wednesday.
- Travis Moen (concussion) skated on his own earlier in the morning and did not join his teammates for the full practice.
- Therrien once again split the team into two groups, focused specifically on special teams work. Jean-Jacques Daigneault stayed on the first rink with the white team (penalty kill), while Gerard Gallant and Clement Jodoin worked on the power play with the red group, including P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov, Max Pacioretty, Rene Bourque, Alexei Emelin, Tomas Plekanec, Josh Gorges, Brendan Gallagher, Daniel Briere, David Desharnais, Thomas Vanek.
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