The Canadiens, coming off a 5-1 loss to the Blues Thursday night in St. Louis, practised Friday afternoon in Nashville as they prepared to face the Predators Saturday night (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Defenceman Josh Gorges didn’t join his teammates on the ice for practice, taking a “therapy day” instead. Andrei Markov celebrated his 35th birthday on the ice with his teammates.
After practice, coach Michel Therrien announced that defenceman Francis Bouillon will play against the Predators and forward Daniel Brière is also likely to play after both were healthy scratches in St. Louis. Bouillon has been a healthy scratch for the last five games, while Brière only sat out one game.
Carey Price will start in goal against the Predators.
Saturday will mark the first time the Canadiens have played in Nashville, the country-music capital of the world, since Nov. 12, 2011.
This will be the second and final meeting between the teams this season. The Predators beat the Canadiens 2-1 at the Bell Centre on Oct. 19 with rookie defenceman Seth Jones scoring the winning goal. In 35 games this season, Jones has 3-7-10 totals and is minus-10 while averaging 21:57 of ice time.
Here’s how the Canadiens’ lines and defence pairings looked at practice:
After Saturday’s game, the Canadiens will have a full week off for Christmas before visiting the Tampa Bay Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 28.
(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)