The Canadiens practised Thursday morning in Brossard before heading to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets Friday night (7 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Peter Budaj will start in goal against the Blue Jackets in the first of back-to-back games for the Canadiens, who will play the New York Rangers Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Budaj has made three starts this season, posting a 2-1-0 record with a 1.34 goals-against average and .953 save percentage.
George Parros did not take part in Thursday’s practice, taking a therapy day, but will make the trip to Columbus. Brandon Prust (shoulder) and Alexei Emelin (knee) took part in Thursday’s practice and will make the trip to Columbus. Michel Therrien said Emelin will play at some point this weekend and as for Prust the coach said: “We’ll see.”
There will be some lineup changes this weekend, but Therrien said he will wait until Friday to decide whether David Desharnais will return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch. Desharnais was the centre on the fourth line at practice with Travis Moen and Ryan White.
Emelin has been practising with the team for two weeks and is ready to go, but Therrien said he has to be patient with him.
“He’s hasn’t played for a while and he has to get his timing back,” the coach said.
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at Thursday’s practice:
Gionta – Plekanec – Bournival
Galchenyuk – Eller – Gallagher
Bourque – Briere – Pacioretty
Moen – Desharnais – White
Murray – Diaz
Bouillon – Gorges
Subban – Markov
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