The Canadiens, coming off a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night at the Bell Centre, hit the ice Wednesday morning for practice in Brossard as they prepare to face the Senators Thursday night in Ottawa (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
David Desharnais, who was a late scratch from Tuesday’s game because of the flu, wasn’t on the ice for practice Wednesday morning. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was forced to use seven defenceman against the Devils with Francis Bouillon, who was originally slated to be a healthy scratch, dressing instead of Desharnais.
Desharnais made the trip to Ottawa with his teammates after practice. Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens against the Senators.
“David met with the doctor this morning and he’ll join the team in Ottawa,” Therrien told reporters in Brossard after practice. “We’ll see how he’s feeling tomorrow morning, and if he’s feeling good he’ll step on the ice. We’ll make a decision on his playing status then. Right now, it’s too early to discuss it.”
With Desharnais missing practice, here’s how the forward lines were set up:
(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)