The Canadiens hit the ice Friday morning in Columbus as they prepare to face the Blue Jackets Friday night (7 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Brendan Gallagher, who is fighting the flu, didn’t skate with his teammates and will be a game-time decision as to whether he plays against the Blue Jackets.
“There’s not much to say about it,” coach Michel Therrien told reporters after practice about Gallagher’s condition. “He was feeling sick last night and wasn’t better this morning. Our therapists advised him to stay at the hotel this morning and we’ll see how he’s feeling tonight.”
Brandon Prust, who has missed 11 games with a shoulder injury, will be in the lineup Friday night and so will David Desharnais, who was a healthy scratch Tuesday against Tampa Bay. Desharnais will play on the fourth line.
“We did a lot of battle drills yesterday with a lot of contact and (Prust) felt good after, even after battling with (Douglas) Murray,” Therrien said. “He feels good this morning so there’s no reason he wouldn’t be in the lineup tonight. That’s great news for us.”
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 (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Budaj has made three starts this season, posting a 2-1-0 record with a 1.34 goals-against average and .953 save percentage.
The Canadiens announced on Friday that forward Christian Thomas has been assigned to Hamilton of the AHL and will make his debut with the Bulldogs Friday night against the Lake Erie Monsters after missing the first 14 games of the season due to injury. The 21-year-old was originally selected by the New York Rangers in the second round of the 2010 NHL entry draft and was acquired by the Canadiens from the Rangers in exchange for Danny Kristo on July 2, 2013.
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