After sitting out the last two games as a healthy scratch, it looks like Michael Bournival will be back in the lineup when the Canadiens visit the Carolina Hurricanes on New Year’s Eve (7 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690).
At Tuesday’s morning skate, Bournival skated on a line with Ryan White and Travis Moen. The odd man out if Bournival plays appears to be Daniel Brière.
“You play hockey in order to play,” Bournival told reporters in Carolina after the morning skate. “I’ve been working hard. I’ve been keeping myself ready if the coach called on me. I’m ready to go.”
In 33 games this season, Bournival has six goals and five assists and is minus-1. Briere has five goals and five assists in 29 games and is minus-4.
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at the morning skate:
Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
Prust – Eller – Galchenyuk
Bournival – White – Moen
Parros – Brière
Markov – Emelin
Gorges – Subban
Diaz – Bouillon
(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)