Canadiens coach Michel Therrien confirmed after Saturday’s morning skate in Brossard that Brandon Prust will return to the lineup Saturday night against the New York Rangers (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690) after missing eight games with a shoulder injury.
“I feel good out there and I feel I’m ready to go,” Prust said after practice Friday in Brossard before dismissing a suggestion he was rushing back to play against his former team.
“You want to make sure it’s safe to come back and you’re not going to do any further damage,” said Prust, who also said he wanted to make sure the shoulder wasn’t going to be a concern if he had to fight.
Prust had played 273 consecutive games before injuring his shoulder in Tampa Bay on March 9.
Carey Price will start in goal against the Rangers, while Nathan Beaulieu, who was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday, will make his NHL debut.
The Canadiens held an optional skate Saturday morning in Brossard and Prust was on the ice again. The players who didn’t skate were Michael Ryder, Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Josh Gorges, Travis Moen, Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais.
In 62 games with the Bulldogs, Beaulieu posted 6-19-25 totals and was minus-9.
“The beginning of the season was a bit tough, but I’ve been happy with my progress and want to make the most of this opportunity,” Beaulieu told reporters after Saturday’s morning skate.
Beaulieu will be paired with veteran Francis Bouillon.
Ryan White, recovering from an ankle injury, skated on the second rink in Brossard Saturday morning with strength and conditioning coach Pierre Allard.
The Canadiens also put defenceman Tomas Kaberle on waivers Saturday.
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