The Canadiens are still waiting for Max Pacioretty’s MRI results and didn’t provide an update on his lower-body injury after the team’s morning skate Thursday in Brossard.
Pacioretty suffered a left leg injury Tuesday during the Habs 3-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets and had to be helped off the ice. He went for medical tests on Wednesday.
Forward Rene Bourque has the flu and was also absent from practice. The Habs hope he might be ready to play tonight when they face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Bell Centre. (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN-Habs, TSN 690 Radio.). However, the team says a decision will be made later today.
If Bourque doesn’t play, the Canadiens will go with seven defensemen with Nathan Beaulieu skating as a forward. (The team doesn’t plan to call up anyone from its farm club, the Hamilton Bulldogs.) Beaulieu practised on a forward line at the morning skate alongside Ryan White and Michaël Bournival.
Defenseman Douglas Murray skated on his own Thursday morning with Graham Rynbend, the Canadiens’ head athletic therapist. Murray has been out with an upper-body injury and hasn’t played yet this season–his first as a Hab since signing a one-year deal with the team in August as a free agent.
The lines at the morning skate were:
These were the defensive pairings: