Habs’ Bourque sidelined with upper-body injury

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:


Gorges- Emelin

(Photo by Dave Sidaway/The Gazette)

Canadiens vs. Devils preview, NHL.com

Game Day Report, Canadiens.com

Parros led the way during Movember, by Brenda Branswell

Parros fighting the “goon fight”, ESPN.com

Habs’ Stanley Cup odds improving, Stu on Sports blog

Subban focus of documentary-style film, Stu on Sports blog

Devils recall Reid Boucher, The Star-Ledger

Devils’ Boucher to make NHL debut against Habs, NHL.com

Behind the B (video), bostonbruins.com


  1. galchenyuk27 says:

    Can someone please explain to me why Toronto has better cup odds then us. My first guess was cause vegas knows they can squeeze money out of those idiots.

  2. donmarco says:

    Live blog started. See you on the new thread.

  3. donmarco says:

    Tomlin gets fined 100K for being on field during a kick return, and Steelers forfeit a draft pick. That’s pretty severe.

  4. rhino514 says:

    How can Gionta be playing left wing? Can´t they see he isn´t comfortable there?
    And the coach I think put Chucky on RW the other night with Bourque on LW. What´s up with these moves?
    Put Bournival or Bourque (when healthy) with Pleks and gionta, and Gio has a much better chance to start scoring.
    They can stick Briere to the right of Eller and Chucky. Or else put Gio with Eller and Chucky, and Briere with Pleks, Bournival, or Bourque.

    Therrien actually can alot players their natural positions, he isn´t forced to be doing what he´s doing; it´s not like there are many guys injured, and we have good options this year.

  5. Mustang says:

    Pole question comment. I would love to see Lucic wearing the CH.

  6. krob1000 says:

    Just to be clear Cammi is still a 6 million dollar cap hit. Patrick Holland a 2nd pick and Bourque is not he only part of the deal…thee is also the 2.7 million dollars in cap space. Try to remove 2.7 from the cap and there is no current depth.

  7. Danno says:

    Looks like a lot of people have forgotten what Chara did to Pacioretty, judging by the HI/O survey numbers.


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  8. ProHabs says:

    What is going on with our Sweede draft pick Collburg. People were saying we stole this guy in the 2nd round and that he was the next coming of Daniel Alfredsson. The guy can’t score. Is he a bust.

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