After a day off on Thursday, the Canadiens were back on the ice Friday morning in Brossard as they prepare to face the Ottawa Senators Saturday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Goaltender Carey Price was on the ice a half hour before the start of the 11 a.m. practice taking shots from a half-dozen teammates. Price has missed the last eight games with a lower-body injury, during which time the Canadiens have gone 3-4-1. Price took part in the entire practice, spending about 90 minutes on the ice in total.
“Carey Price is still day-to-day, but we’re pretty happy about the way he practised,” coach Michel Therrien told reporters after practice ended.
Michael Bournival, who has been sidelined with a concussion, was cleared for contact and took part in the practice.
Lars Eller was a happy guy at practice after being reunited with Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk on the Kid Line (or EGG Line) that was successful together earlier in the season.
“We know each other very well and we’re very comfortable playing with each other. I look forward to Saturday,” Eller told reporters after practice. “I always like playing with those two. We have fun playing together and have different assets which gel well together. We’re always creating scoring chances out there, and when you do that the goals will follow.”
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked:
It will be a busy weekend for the Canadiens, who will travel to Buffalo after Saturday’s game and face the Sabres Sunday night (7 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
(Photo by Pierre Obendrauf/The Gazette)