The Canadiens held an optional skate Wednesday morning in Philadelphia as they prepared to face the Flyers Wednesday night (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Peter Budaj will start in goal for the Canadiens and George Parros, who has been sidelined with a concussion, will be a game-time decision. Steve Mason is expected to start in goal for the Flyers.
“I’m cleared to play, I’m good to go, and it’ll be a game time decision tonight,” Parros told reporters in Philadelphia after the morning skate.
Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin met with Montreal media members during the morning skate and commented on the role goaltender Carey Price has played during the first half of the season.
“Carey has been our most valuable player this year,” Bergevin said. “All the credit goes to him for his comeback. He’s come to work whenever he goes on the ice.”
With Ryan White sidelined with an upper-body injury and Alex Galchenyuk out for six weeks with a broken hand, Bergevin was asked if he was planning to call up anyone from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
“That’s day to day right now … but things happen and change fast so it’ll be a possibility,” the GM said. “But right now we’re going to stay with what we got.”
Bergevin was also asked about a possible rift between veteran Daniel Briere and coach Michel Therrien.
“I never got wind of it,” Bergevin said. “Daniel has faced difficulties, but he’s on the right track. He’s played much better hockey for some time.”
To listen to Bergevin’s press conference, click here.
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