The Canadiens announced Wednesday morning that Rene Bourque won’t be in the lineup when they take on the Devils Wednesday night in New Jersey (7 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Bourque, who has an upper-body-injury, stayed behind in Montreal.
Peter Budaj will start in goal for the Canadiens, while Corey Schneider will be in the Devils’ net.
Coach Michel Therrien confirmed that defenceman Francis Bouillon will be in the lineup against the Devils, meaning Douglas Murray will be a healthy scratch along with forward George Parros.
Wednesday marks the 104th anniversary of the “Club de Hockey Canada” being founded by J. Ambrose O’Brien on Dec. 4, 1909.
The Canadiens are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games, moving into third place in the Eastern Conference with a 16-9-3 record, four points behind Pittsburgh (19-9-1) and three points behind Boston (18-7-2).
“It’s always good for confidence when you’re on such a roll, but we are always conscious that we have to start over in each game,” Therrien told reporters in New Jersey after practice. “We’re playing structured, inspired hockey, and we have to keep working in that direction. The players are playing a team game, and we can’t forget that our goalies have been making key saves. Our results are a reflection of the team’s attention to detail.”
The Canadiens will return home after Wednesday’s game and face the Bruins Thursday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
In other news, USA Hockey announced its 26-player preliminary roster for the world junior championship and Canadiens prospect Michael McCarron didn’t make it. The 6-foot-5, 228-pound forward, who was the Canadiens’ first-round pick (25th overall) this year, has 3-6-9 totals in 25 games this season with the OHL’s London Knights. The American roster includes three players that led Team USA to the gold medal at last year’s world junior championship: forwards Riley Barber (Washington Capitals draft pick) and Ryan Hartman (Chicago Blackhawks), and goaltender Jon Gillies (Calgary Flames).
Earlier this week, two Canadiens prospects – goalie Zach Fucale and forward Charles Hudon – were among the 25 players invited to Team Canada’s training camp for the world juniors.
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at the Canadiens’ morning skate:
(Photo by Dave Sidaway/The Gazette)