Brendan Gallagher joined his Canadiens teammates for Thursday’s morning skate in Brossard, but has not been cleared for contact after suffering a concussion in last Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers and won’t be in the lineup Thursday night against the New York Islanders (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).
The Canadiens will be looking to extend their winning streak to six games and Carey Price will get his 13th start of the season in goal.
The lines for the morning skate were Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta; Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole; Galchenyuk-Eller-Prust; Moen-White-Armstrong. The defensive pairings were Markov-Emelin; Gorges-Diaz; Bouillon-Subban.
Tomas Kaberle and Yannick Weber will be the healthy scratches.
The New York Rangers will visit the Bell Centre on Saturday night and then the Canadiens will play 11 of their next 15 game on the road, starting Monday in Ottawa.
The Hamilton Bulldogs (19-25-6) will face the Rochester Americans (27-19-3) Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bell Centre.
Below are a few story links to keep you busy while we wait for the puck to drop Thursday night. Remember you can follow the game with Mike Boone’s live blog and our new Play-by-Play feature which keeps track of all the key stats on the fly, including shots, goals, hits, power plays, shots on goal, takeaways, faceoffs won, hits, power plays, giveaways, penalty minutes and saves.