The Canadiens held an optional practice Thursday morning in Brossard ahead of Game 1 of their first-round playoff series with the Ottawa Senators Thursday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
The only players who didn’t take part were Brandon Prust, Francis Bouillon, Brian Gionta, Michael Ryder, Tomas Plekanec and Rene Bourque. Goaltender Carey Price and Max Pacioretty only skated briefly.
The lines from practice earlier in the week suggest this will be the starting lineup Thursday night: Gallagher-Eller-Galchenyuk; Prust-White-Moen; Desharnais-Bourque-Pacioretty; Gionta-Plekanec-Ryder. On defence it should be: Gorges-Diaz; Markov-Subban; Bouillon-Tinordi.
“We want to establish the tempo of the game,” coach Michel Therrien said. “In order to make that happen, we need to keep things simple.”
Hear what else Therrien had to say after practice by clicking here.
(Photo by Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)