The Canadiens held an optional skate Monday morning in Brossard before facing the Florida Panthers Monday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Canadiens defenceman Raphael Diaz got some good news Monday morning when he learned he will part part of Team Switzerland for the Sochi Olympics. Diaz was also part of Team Switzerland for the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec learned later in the day that he will be the captain for the Czech Republic team in Sochi. Plekanec also took part in the 2010 Games.
Team Canada will be announced during a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Toronto.
“I’m really happy,” Diaz, who was a healthy scratch for Saturday’s overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators, told reporters in Brossard. “This is the tournament of all tournaments.”
Max Pacioretty was named to Team USA for Sochi last week.
Canadiens coach Michel Therrien announced after the morning skate that there will be no changes to the lineup that faced the Senators on Saturday night, meaning Diaz will be a healthy scratch again against the Panthers. The coach also said that Ryan White could be sidelined for two weeks with an upper-body injury. The only healthy players who didn’t take part in the morning skate were Brian Gionta, Tomas Plekanec, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty.
Diaz will be one of eight NHL players on Team Switzerland, along with former Canadiens Yannick Weber, now with the Vancouver Canucks, and Mark Streit, now with the Philadelphia Flyers.
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