Before practice Friday morning in Brossard, the Canadiens sent defenceman Jarred Tinordi and forward Gabriel Dumont back to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
In six games with the Canadiens, Tinordi had one assist and was plus-2, while Dumont had two assists and was even in plus/minus in eight games.
The latest rookie defenceman entering the revolving door of the blueline corps is Nathan Beaulieu, who has been called up from Hamilton. Beaulieu was the Canadiens’ first-round draft choice (17th overall) in 2011. He has six goals, 19 assists and is minus-9 with the Bulldogs.
Coach Michel Therrien announced after practice that Beaulieu would be in the lineup Saturday against the New York Rangers (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690) and that Carey Price would start in goal.
Brandon Prust, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury, joined his teammates on the ice for practice Friday, while Renaud Lavoie of RDS reported on Twitter that he’s been told Ryan White (ankle) will be back in the lineup soon. White skated alone before practice. Defenceman Yannick Weber has also been cleared for a return to action after recovering from a lower-body injury.
Prust practised on a line with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk, while Colby Armstrong dropped down to right wing on a line with Jeff Halpern and Travis Moen.
“I’m feeling ready to go, so we’re going to make a final decision tomorrow after the skate, or even after warm up,” Prust told reporters after practice.
The only players who weren’t on the ice for practice were Raphael Diaz and Rene Bourque, both sidelined with concussions.
The forward lines at practice were: Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta; Gallagher-Desharnais-Pacioretty; Prust-Galchenyuk-Eller; Armstrong-Halpern-Moen. Blunden was the odd man out.
Defence pairings were: Subban-Gorges; Markov-Emelin; Bouillon-Kaberle/Weber.