After winning both their games on a Florida road trip this week, beating the Lightning 4-3 in a shootout and the Panthers 1-0 in overtime, coach Michel Therrien gave the Canadiens the day off Friday ahead of Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).
Goalie Carey Price missed Saturday’s morning skate with a stomach flu and won’t play against the Flyers. The Canadiens called up goalie Robert Mayer from Hamilton to back up Peter Budaj.
The lines at the morning skate were Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta; Prust-Galchenyuk-Cole; Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher; Moen-Eller-Armstrong. On defence it was Markov-Emelin; Gorges-Diaz; Bouillon-Subban.
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Heading into Friday’s NHL action, the Canadiens ranked 11th in the league on the power play with a 20.3 per cent success rate, which is an improvement over last season when they finished 28th at 14.3 per cent.
But The Gazette’s Pat Hickey thinks the power play would be better if Therrien put Raphael Diaz back on the point with Andrei Markov instead of P.K. Subban. Hickey writes that while Diaz’s shot isn’t as powerful as Subban’s, it is more accurate and Diaz does a better job of finding the open man.
(Photo by Pierre Obendrauf/The Gazette)