Coming off a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens practised at noon Sunday in Brossard as they prepare for a busy week with four games in six days.
The Canadiens play the Carolina Hurricanes Monday at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) before travelling to New York to face the Rangers Tuesday night. The New York Islanders visit the Bell Centre Thursday night, followed by the Rangers on Saturday.
Coach Michel Therrien said Brendan Gallagher suffered a concussion when he was hit by Philadelphia defenceman Luke Schenn in the third period Saturday. The Canadiens will follow the league-mandated concussion protocol. Therrien said Gallagher felt fine on Sunday morning, but he will not play Monday night. It is the second concussion for Gallagher, who suffered one in junior hockey.
Max Pacioretty, who left Saturday’s game after he was cut by Kimmo Timonen’s skate and bruised a rib, practised Sunday and will play Monday. Ditto for Colby Armstrong, who was hit in the face with a puck Saturday.
Carey Price, who missed Saturday’s game with the flu, didn’t practise, but he’s feeling better. He’ll be the backup Monday as Peter Budaj gets another start after stopping 18 of 19 shots against the Flyers. Therrien said he wanted Price to get in a couple of practices before returning to action.
P.K. Subban was sent home after he showed up with a sore throat Sunday, but it’s possible he will play Monday. Ryan White, who has been in Therrien’s doghouse for taking undisciplined penalties and was a healthy scratch the last four games, will take Gallagher’s place in the lineup.
The Canadiens’ practice was short – 45 minutes – and featured a light-hearted game of something called hockey-baseball. Pacioretty said he had never played the game, but Andrei Markov told him it was popular in Russia. Go figure.
In other news, Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller announced that Jeff Skinner, the team’s second-leading scorer, will not play Monday at the Bell Centre. He’s out with an upper-body injury. He hit his head against the boards after a collision with Toronto’s Mark Fraser Friday night.
Robert Mayer, who served as Budaj’s backup Saturday, was returned to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. Michael Bournival had a hat-trick for the Bulldogs in a 4-2 win over the Houston Aeros Saturday night in Hamilton. It was the fourth straight victory for the Bulldogs, with goaltender Dustin Tokarski – acquired in a trade last week with Tampa Bay – picking up the victory in his Hamilton debut.
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