After wins over the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres on back-to-back nights, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien decided not to hold a practice Wednesday morning before the team boarded a flight to Detroit, where they will face the Red Wings Thursday night (7 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Tuesday’s 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre moved the Canadiens into second place in the Atlantic Division with a 41-26-7 record, two points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning (39-24-9), who hold two games in hand.
After Tuesday’s game the Canadiens announced that Dale Weise would be out for 2-3 weeks with a hand injury, while Travis Moen is out for at least a week with a concussion. Both players were injured during Monday’s 2-1 shootout win in Boston.
While it looks like the Canadiens are headed to the playoffs – with the Lightning as the likely first-round opponent – coach Michel Therrien isn’t taking anything for granted.
“We’ve seen how quickly things can change,” Therrien told reporters after Tuesday’s game.
Just ask the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have lost their last six games – including a 5-3 decision to the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night – to drop put of a playoff position.
After Thursday’s game, the Canadiens head to Florida, where they will face the Panthers Saturday night. The Canadiens will visit the Lightning next Tuesday before wrapping up a four-game road trip next Friday in Ottawa.
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin announced on Wednesday afternoon that the club has signed defenceman Mac Bennett to a two-year, entry-level contract. In 31 games this season with the University of Michigan, Benett posted 2-12-14 totals as the team captain along with 10 penalty minutes and was plus-12. He was named to the All-Big Ten second team.
The 6-foot, 195-pounder from Narragansett, Rhode Island, was selected by the Canadiens in the third round (79th overall) at the 2009 NHL entry draft.
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