The Canadiens practised Tuesday morning at the Bell Centre as they prepare to face the visiting Boston Bruins Wednesday night (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Carey Price, who has been sidelined since the end of the Olympics with a lower-body injury, was on the ice working on his lateral movement with goalie coach Stephane Waite and then took shots from his teammates near the end of practice. While Price is progressing, he’s still listed as day-to-day and won’t face the Bruins. Coach Michel Therrien didn’t say who would get the start in goal against Boston. The Canadiens are 3-3-1 since Price was sidelined with the injury.
“Carey is making progress,” Therrien told reporters after practice. “He had a good day today, and we’ll see at the end of the week where he’s at.”
After Wednesday’s game, the Canadiens next play against the Ottawa Senators Saturday night at the Bell Centre, followed by a game in Buffalo Sunday night against the Sabres.
Brandon Prust, who has fully recovered from an upper-body injury, took part in Tuesday’s practice and will face the Bruins, while Michael Bournival, who is recovering from a concussion, was still wearing a non-contact jersey. Defenceman Douglas Murray took a therapy day.
Francis Bouillon will play against the Bruins with Therrien saying he would announce the rest of his lineup on game day.
The Canadiens practised at the Bell Centre Tuesday instead of Brossard because the official team photo was taken before practice.
Thomas Vanek, acquired at last Wednesday’s trade deadline, was on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta and also practised on the first power-play unit with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty.
“It’s going to take a while to adjust, but again the more you can practise and talk to the guys and your linemates,” Vanek told reporters about adjusting to his new teammates. “Working on the power play is going to help out everyone I think, so today is a good day.”
In 53 career games against the Bruins, Vanek has 61 points.
“Numbers are numbers,” Vanek told reporters after practice. “Sometimes they’re overblown.
“I don’t prepare any different. It’s just another game, really,” he added. “They’re a good team and you’ve got to be ready. The last four or five years, Boston has been one of the better teams in the league and you want to play your best against the best teams.”
The Canadiens beat the Bruins in their first two meetings this season and have won five straight overall.
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at practice:
(Gazette file photo/Dave Sidaway)
(Video: Brenda Branswell)