The Canadiens flew to Pittsburgh after Wednesday night’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre and will face Sidney Crosby and the Penguins Thursday night (7 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
The Canadiens didn’t have a morning skate in Pittsburgh.
It will be the first game for the Penguins since the Olympic break.
“After a three-week break, we’re not going to be perfect out there on the ice right away,” Penguins defenceman Rob Scuderi told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “But we’ve got (24) games to get our P’s and Q’s together and make sure we have the right mindset heading into the playoffs.”
The Canadiens definitely looked rusty in their first post-Olympic game against the Red Wings.
“The execution was not there and that was for both teams,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters after Wednesday’s OT loss. “We put ourselves in a position to get a point and you’re always disappointed when you get to overtime and you don’t get the (extra) point. We were hoping for a shootout, but it didn’t happen.”
The Canadiens’ Ryan White, who has the flu, didn’t make the trip to Pittsburgh.
(Photo by Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)