The Gazette’s Pat Hickey was at Canadiens practice at the Bell Centre on Wednesday morning and provides this update.
Goaltender Carey Price, recently recalled from Hamilton, will get the start against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
Christopher Higgins is being dropped to the fourth line, along with Maxim Lapierre and Mathieu Dandenault.
The first line remains the same: Alex Kovalev, Andrei Kostitsyn and Tomas Plekanec, while the second line will be Sergei Kostitsyn, Saku Koivu, Guillaume Latendresse. The third line will be composed of Tom Kostopoulos, Bryan Smolinski and Steve Bégin.
Defenceman Ryan O’Byrne practised with team for first time since breaking his thumb on Dec. 27, but he’s not ready to return to the lineup yet.