Saying he wasn’t happy with Daniel Brière’s intensity, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters after an optional morning skate in St. Louis that the veteran forward will be a healthy scratch Thursday night against the Blues (8 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Ryan White will take Brière’s spot on the fourth line with Michael Bournival and Travis Moen. The other three lines should look like this:
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gionta
Bourque – Eller – Prust
In 26 games this season, Brière has five goals and five assists and is minus-2. The 36-year-old signed a two-year, $8-million free-agent contract with the Canadiens before this season.
“I’m not the first veteran (to be a healthy scratch) and I won’t be the last. It happens,” Brière told reporters in St. Louis. “I can’t control what happens today; all I can control is my attitude going forward and how I work to get back in the lineup when I get the chance.
“Honestly, it’s not a question of confidence,” Brière added. “The confidence is there. I feel good on the ice. At the beginning of the season, my confidence wasn’t there and things weren’t going great. I wasn’t feeling comfortable, but that’s normal when you come into a new team and a new system. I feel good on the ice now. It has nothing to do with confidence.”
Therrien also confirmed that Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens. Former Hab Jaroslav Halak will be in goal for the Blues.
Price has a 16-10-2 record with two shutouts, a 1.96 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. Halak has a 16-6-2 record with two shutouts, a 2.35 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.
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