Tomas Plekanec, who missed Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets with a groin injury, took to the ice Saturday morning with his Canadiens teammates in Brossard as they prepared to face the Boston Bruins Saturday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
P.K. Subban did not skate Saturday morning instead using it as “therapy” time, but will play against the Bruins. Plekanec will be a game-time decision.
Canadiens coach Michel Therrien had listed Plekanec as “day-to-day”, but his policy this season has been to err on the side of caution when bringing players back from injuries.
The forward lines for the morning skate were: Gionta-Plekanec-Ryder; Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher; Galchenyuk-Eller-Prust ; Moen-Halpern-White; Blunden-Dumont-Bourque. The defence pairings were: Gorges-Weber; Markov-Emelin; Bouillon-Drewiske; with Kaberle the odd man out again.
Carey Price will be in net.
As for the Bruins, they’re missing 2012 Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron. He’s out with what has been described as a “moderate” concussion after getting hit with an inadvertent elbow from Ottawa’s Colin Greening. Moderate or not, there has to be concern because this is Bergeron’s fourth concussion since 2007.
Bergeron’s absence leaves a large hole in the Bruins’ lineup. He’s Boston’s top scorer with 31 points and leads the NHL with a 61.5 per cent success rate on faceoffs.
(File photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)