Injured Pacioretty will join Habs on road trip

The Canadiens headed out for a four-game road trip in Western Canada after practice Monday.

Max Pacioretty, who missed Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers with an upper-body injury, will make the trip with the team. Pacioretty wore a no-contact jersey during the Monday morning practice at the team’s training facility in Brossard.

“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. If he feels good to compete then, we’ll definitely put him in the lineup,” said coach Michel Therrien, adding that a player always has to be in a position to be able to compete.

Therrien said he expected the road trip – with stops in Calgary Wednesday, Edmonton Thursday, Vancouver Saturday and Winnipeg next Tuesday – will be good for the team.

“It’s always good for team chemistry, leaving early in the season and spending some time together off the ice,” the coach said.

Therrien confirmed that backup goaltender Peter Budaj will play during the western swing, although he didn’t say when.

Brandon Prust filled in at practice for Pacioretty on the line centred by David Desharnais with Daniel Brière.

Therrien acknowledged he expects more from that line.

“We want the competition level to rise,” the coach said.

Lars Eller was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week after registering three goals and two assists in the first two games of the season. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin was named the first star, while Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was named the third star.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at Monday’s practice:

Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
Prust – Desharnais – Briere
Galchenyuk – Eller – Gallagher
Moen – Bournival – White
Pacioretty

Markov – Diaz
Gorges – Subban
Tinordi – Bouillon

(Photo by Dave Sidaway/The Gazette)

Western Canada has been a wasteland for Habs, by Dave Stubbs

Road trip a homecoming for Habs’ Gallagher by Brenda Branswell

If you’re a Habs fan, you’ll love 24CH, montrealgazette.com

Coming together on the road, Canadiens.com

Flyers fire coach Laviolette, NHL.com

 Ovechkin, Eller and Fleury named NHL’s three stars of week, NHL.com

776 Comments

  1. yakhab says:

    This tour of the Bell Centre suggested by Ian for $6.00…. scares me
    Gathering all the HIO members for an innocent get together seems … a little wierd.
    It seems obvious that after there will be gathering at a local watering hole …. & then…
    A simple, innocent invitation to someones’ hotel room…
    Just a night cap you say ?
    The family is just a front !
    Ever talked Habs in bed BIG GUY !

    • HabfaninTO says:

      Time to put Briere back at center where he belongs between Max Pac and Prust ……The Flyers had the centers and most importantly the size to afford to play DB on the wing…..they can’t keep throwing DD into the top 6…Habs should admit their mistake by trading(doubtful) or waiving him.

  2. Timo says:

    New thread, people.

  3. 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

    “And in Election News … with 2 of 82 Polls returning, HIO is ready to declare that DB and DD have been defeated in the joint riding of Two Small by the C … ”

    “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  4. Sportfan says:

    Monahan in Calgary gives something for the fans to cheer for, he’s pretty decent.

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  5. HabFab says:

    Renaud Lavoie -

    Just to translate. Max Pacioretty will play Wednesday. Carey Price will be in net.

  6. JohnBellyful says:

    So the EGG tag isn’t catching on, eh …
    Okay, how about, ah, lemme see, hmm …. tch, tch, tch … ummmmm ….uh … uh … I GOT IT, I GOT IT!!!!!
    Let’s call them the Clothes Line cuz they all wear clothes!
    And, and, and, they’re so good they will make the difference in a clothes game.

  7. JF says:

    Colton Orr has injured three of our players since last January. Bourque missed about half of last season with the concussion he got from Orr’s punch, who knows when Parros will be back, and Pacioretty has missed one game and may not be 100% for a while if it was a wrist. I’m not advocating any of our players deliberately trying to injure the Leafs, but if a couple of their skilled players did get injured next time we play them, I would not be sorry. Nothing terminal or career-threatening, just something to keep them out for a few weeks or months.

  8. sweetmad says:

    Job posted on Canda jobs .com.
    Assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Canucks,can’t post a link or copy it,but it’a 70k a year,must have degrees, in all sorts of things to do with physical education,plus a second language,of either Swedish Russian or Finnish.

    All Swede’s have English as a second language,and speak it better than,most English, Americans and Canadians,or other English speaking nations,their diction is better, their grammer is better,so why would they need a Swedish speaking coach.

    Anyway for 70k they want an awful lot,but it would be a perfect job for either of the Gallies dads,not sure if they have all the qualifications.
    GO HABS GO

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Old Fonzie must be chagrined with the fitness and strength of the team. It has become a job for TWO people. Les Boys and Les Gals meanwhile are into yoga!

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  9. Hobie Hansen says:

    Most of us are concerned with Desharnias and Briere, with good reason. Even though it’s only been two games, neither one of them has looked good going back to last season. Honestly, I think that line still has what it takes to put together a decent season, and that’s all we really need them to do.

    I think we’re fortunate to have two very good lines. I think the Plekanec line and Elller line should be rewarded with more minutes than the Desharnais line.

    Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta is a very good line and the Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher line has the potential to be great. So lets just keep our fingers crossed Pacioretty-Desharnais-Briere get it going.

    In summary, Dehsarnais and Briere shouldn’t have to preform miracles but just be steady. Only problem is Paciorretty can’t play 3rd line minutes.

  10. piter says:

    Do I really have to pay for a subscription for the Gazette, just to read the articles above? I wouldn’t think so. Can anyone help?

  11. Un Canadien errant says:

    From: http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/10/08/montreal-canadiens-youthful-egg-line-carrying-club-early-on/

    Without him, centre David Desharnais and newcomer Daniel Briere, with Brandon Prust filling in on left wing, have been ineffective.

    “Honestly, I expect more from that line,” said Therrien. “We want to see the compete level go up.”

    I think we all expect more from that line. I hope for more. I just sense that some posters want it to fail, to confirm their own biases. As if David Desharnais failing will help Lars Eller. Personally, I want all three lines working, so we have that balanced scoring forward lineup in lieu of a dominant Toews-Kane-Whoever line.

  12. HabFab says:

    Collberg scored his first 2 points of the Regular season today in Sweden.

  13. HabFab says:

    The Bulldogs season starts Friday night;
    http://hamiltonbulldogs.com/team/roster/

  14. HabFab says:

    The game tomorrow night will be Bourgue’s 500th NHL game.

  15. Timo says:

    Hah! RDS has an article named “No Panic” with DD’s picture next to it. No sh!t… why would DD panic? He is set. Just like Gomer last thing he is going to do is panic.

  16. JF says:

    Pacioretty might play tomorrow. RDS is reporting that he practiced with his usual line-mates and was wearing a regular jersey rather than a non-contact one.


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