Following a 4-0 loss in San Jose Saturday night to wrap up a four-game Western U.S. road trip, the Canadiens travelled home Sundayand were given Monday off to recover after playing four games in six nights on the road and seven games in 11 nights overall.
The Canadiens only picked up two of a possible eight points on the road trip with a 4-3 win in Anaheim, while playing without injured goalie Carey Price.
“We played two good games,” coach Michel Therrien told reporters in San Jose, including a 2-1 loss in Los Angeles to start the trip. “The longer the trip went on, the more I felt fatigue started to take its toll on our team.
“Carey is our best player – he’s our most important player,” the coach added. “But that’s not an excuse. I think we’ve still been able to pick up some key points in his absence.”
The Canadiens are 3-3-1 in the seven games since the Olympic break without Price.
The Canadiens will practise Tuesday at the Bell Centre, when they will also have their official team photo taken, and then face the Boston Bruins Wednesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690). The Ottawa Senators will visit the Bell Centre Saturday and then the Canadiens will be in Buffalo the next night to face the Sabres.
Brandon Prust, who has been sidelined with an upper-body injury, will return to the lineup Wednesday and the Canadiens are also hoping to have Price back in goal against the Bruins.
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