The Canadiens had 16 players on the ice for their optional morning skate Tuesday in New Jersey as they prepared to face the Devils (7 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
The players who didn’t skate were Brian Gionta, Max Pacioretty, Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller, Francis Bouillon, Brandon Prust, Michael Ryder, David Desharnais and Josh Gorges.
Coach Michel Therrien confirmed after practice that Colby Armstrong will return to the lineup against the Devils, while Travis Moen will be a healthy scratch. Armstrong has been out of the lineup since suffering a knee injury on April 1.
Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens.
The slumping Habs, who are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, have lost four of their last five games. They’ve struggled defensively and in goal, allowing their opponents to score an alarming 23 goals during those four losses.
The game in New Jersey is the first of a three-game road trip to wrap up the regular season, with stops in Winnipeg on Thurday and Toronto on Saturday.
“Honestly, I think the trip comes at a good time for us, where we’ve just had two good practices,” coach Michel Therrien said after practice Monday in Montreal.
The Canadiens (27-13-5) and Boston Bruins (27-12-5) both have 59 points, but the Bruins are ranked first in the Northeast Division and second in the Eastern Conference because they have played one less game. The Bruins visit the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday night (7:30 p.m., TSN).
The Devils, sitting in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with a 17-18-10 record, have already been eliminated from playoff contention.
To hear what the Devils’ Patrik Elias had to say after their morning skate Tuesday, click here.
To hear what Devils goalie Martin Brodeur had to say, click here.
To hear what Devils coach Peter De Boer had to say, click here.
(Photo by Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)