After enjoying an off-day on Monday, the Canadiens were back on the ice Tuesday morning in Brossard as they prepare to face the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).
There were no changes to the lines at practice with Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta; Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher; Galchenyuk-Eller-Dumont; and Moen-White-Armstrong. The defence pairings were Markov-Emelin; Gorges-Subban; Bouillon-Pateryn; with Kaberle the odd man out again.
“I’m satisfied with the progression of our team,” coach Michel Therrien told reporters after practice. “We can put the emphasis on details now. Players are receptive.”
Rene Bourque, who has been sidelined with a concussion, skated for about an hour before practice. Petteri Nokelainen, who has been sidelined all season with a lingering back injury, took part in practice and did all the drills. Injured Brandon Prust, Yannick Weber and Raphael Diaz were not at practice. Diaz has resumed light workouts.
With Diaz and Weber out, rookie defenceman Greg Pateryn will play his third consecutive game against Ottawa. Carey Price will start in goal, while Ben Bishop is the likely starter for Ottawa. He made 44 saves when the Senators beat the Canadiens 2-1 on Feb. 25 in Ottawa.
After Wednesday’s game against Ottawa, the Canadiens will have a two-day break before facing the Devils Saturday night in New Jersey.
(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)