With two exhibition games remaining against the Senators, Wednesday night in Ottawa and Thursday night at the Bell Centre, Michel Therrien is taking two different approaches.
Both games start at 7:30 p.m. and will be on RDS and TSN Radio 690. Mike Boone will make the trip to Ottawa with The Gazette’s Pat Hickey on Wednesday night and will be blogging live during the game on HIO.
On Thursday, the Canadiens coach will give the local fans a chance to see the lineup he expects to use on opening night Oct. 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and that means captain Brian Gionta will make his only preseason appearance that night after recovering from biceps surgery.
For Wednesday’s game, Therrien said he still has some youngsters he wants to look at, but he’s also concerned about not tiring out one of his veterans. Michael Bournival, who is pushing for a job, will probably be in the lineup Wednesday. There might be an opening for the 21-year-old because off-season acquisition George Parros is still recovering from shoulder surgery and is unlikely to be ready for the season opener.
“It’s important that Peter plays a full game and it will happen tomorrow,” Therrien said.
Tuesday’s practice ended with a lighthearted shootout competition in which assistant coach Gerard Gallant, who scored 211 goals during his NHL career, went top shelf twice to beat Budaj and Carey Price.
You can watch Gallant’s shootout moves by clicking here.
(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)