The Canadiens practised Monday morning in Brossard as they prepare to face the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Not surprisingly, coming off Saturday’s 2-1 overtime win over the Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks, coach Michel Therrien made no changes to his line combinations at practice. The coach also announced that Carey Price will start in goal against the Devils.
Therrien also had words of praise for Canadiens centreman Tomas Plekanec, who has 14-14-28 totals in 46 games this season and is plus-9.
“According to me, Tomas Plekanec is a serious candidate for the Frank Selke Trophy,” Therrien told reporters in Brossard about the award that is presented to the NHL’s top defensive forward.
Against the Blackhawks, Plekanec had a team-leading 11 shots on goal in 19:36 of ice time while he and linemates Brian Gionta and Travis Moen limited Chicago’s top line of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp to one goal by Hossa in the third period.
No Canadiens player has won the Selke Trophy since Guy Carbonneau in 1992. The Blackhawks’ Toews won it last year. For a complete list of Selke Trophy winners, click here.
Ryan White, who is still listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury, skated alone before the Habs practised on Monday.
Martin Brodeur will start in goal for the Devils.
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at practice:
(Photo by Phil Carpenter/The Gazette)