The Canadiens held an optional skate Friday morning in Detroit as they prepared to face the Red Wings Friday night (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Defenceman Alexei Emelin, who was a healthy scratch for Wednesday’s game in Pittsburgh, will return to the lineup and coach Michel Therrien announced after the morning skate that Francis Bouillon will be a healthy scratch against the Red Wings.
“It’s not because we’re not satisfied with Frankie,” Therrien told reporters in Detroit. “We’ve got eight defensemen and Frankie has given us some good hockey; he’s a veteran and a warrior. But we wanted to give Emelin a chance to get back in the lineup to give him a fair chance to show what he’s capable of doing tonight.”
Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens. This marks the Canadiens’ first game in Detroit since Dec. 10, 2010.
The Canadiens will return home immediately after Friday’s game and will face the Washington Capitals Saturday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
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