Coming off their 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens practised Wednesday morning in Brossard before heading to Philadelphia to face the Flyers Thursday night (7 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Max Pacioretty and Josh Gorges took therapy days and didn’t skate Wednesday, but are expected to play against the Flyers. Gorges, who played in his 162nd consecutive regular-season game against the Kings, is the Canadiens’ current ironman. Andrei Markov is second on that list with 90 consecutive games played.
Rene Bourque, who has missed the last four games with an upper-body injury, skated before practice but will remain sidelined until next Monday.
Brandon Prust spoke to reporters after practice Wednesday about the loss to the Kings.
“You definitely want to learn from it, but you also want to forget about it, too,” he said. “We get back to work today and try and forget about it and focus on the next game.
“Sometimes after games like that you wished you played the next day. You don’t want to sit around for too long. You want to get right back at it. We got back to work today and we’re our normal selves out there, just trying to hold our heads high. Stuff like that happens. We didn’t have it, we didn’t have the bounces, we didn’t play well, but we will next game.”
The Canadiens will be resting Wednesday night in Philadelphia while the Flyers play the Blackhawks in Chicago (8 p.m., TSN2). The Kings are back in action Wednesday night in Toronto against the Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS2).
After Thursday’s game, the Canadiens visit the New York Islanders Saturday night before playing a rare 6 p.m. Sunday game at the Bell Centre against the Florida Panthers.
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at practice:
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