The Canadiens take on the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre tonight, aiming to run their winning streak to three games and carry some momentum into Washington on Thursday.
Head coach Guy Carbonneau will use the same lineup as he used against Toronto on Saturday. Which means that Guillaume Latendresse remains in the press box.
Captain Saku Koivu, forward Alex Kovalev and defenceman Roman Hamrlik didn’t take part in the morning skate; Carbonneau wants them rested for the game and the stretch of holiday-season games to come.
Some audio gathered after this morning’s pre-game skate:
Relative greybeard Mathieu Dandenault on how young players are making their presence felt on the Canadiens this season. Clip runs 1:08.
Forward Michael Ryder on his ongoing work to emerge from the puzzling slump that’s seen him score just three goals thus far. Clip runs 1:34.
Alternate captain Christopher Higgins on the youth movement, momentum, leadership and more. Clip runs 8:25.
Head coach Guy Carbonneau discusses his lineup for tonight, including Latendresse’s unhappiness at not playing. In French, clip running 2:39. Then in English, including comment on goalies Carey Price and Cristobal Huet and the ugly word "controversy," clip running 4:29.