The Canadiens begin a stretch of four games in six nights when the New Jersey Devils visit the Bell Centre Monday night (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Michael Bournival, who was a healthy scratch for Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, will return to the lineup, playing on the fourth line with Brandon Prust and Travis Moen. George Parros and Ryan White look to be healthy scratches.
Carey Price is expected to start in goal, but coach Michel Therrien wouldn’t confirm whether Douglas Murray or Francis Bouillon will be the sixth defenceman against the Devils.
“I’m not going to discuss my lineup for tonight’s game right now,” Therrien told reporters after the morning skate.
After Monday’s game, the Canadiens visit the Devils Wednesday night in New Jersey, followed by games against Boston on Thursday and Buffalo on Saturday at the Bell Centre.
“It’s a lot of hockey, but we’ll have our breaks,” Brendan Gallagher told reporters after Monday’s morning skate in Brossard. “We’ll have time to rest to get ready for game day. When you have a day off, you have to take care of your body and do what you have to do away from the rink. It helps to prepare yourself, and when game day comes around, you’re ready to come to the rink and do your job.”
Max Pacioretty will receive the Molson Cup for November before Monday’s game based on three-star voting. This marks the second time his his career that Pacioretty has won the award, the first coming in January 2012. Price won the award in October.
In 13 games last month, Pacioretty posted 7-2-9 totals and was named the first star three times.
In other news, two Canadiens prospects – goalie Zach Fucale of the Halifax Mooseheads and forward Charles Hudon of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens - were among the 25 players named Monday to the Team Canada selection camp for the world junior championship. Fucale was selected by the Canadiens in the second round of this year’s NHL draft (36th overall) while Hudon was a fifth-round pick (122nd overall) in 2012.
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at Monday’s morning skate:
Bourque – Eller – Galchenyuk
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
Gionta – Plekanec – Briere
Bournival – Prust – Moen
White – Parros
Subban – Markov
Gorges – Emelin
Diaz – Murray
(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)