With three games in four nights, Friday looked like it might be an off-day for the Canadiens.
But after back-to-back losses to the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers, coach Michel Therrien held a practice Friday afternoon at Islanders Iceworks in Syosset, N.Y., as the club prepares to face the Islanders Saturday night (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
The Canadiens, who lost 2-1 to the Flyers in Philadelphia Thursday night, will wrap up the busy weekend with a 6 p.m. game Sunday at the Bell Centre against the Florida Panthers.
Therrien mixed up his lines again at Friday’s practice and they looked like this:
Gionta – Plekanec – Galchenyuk
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Briere
Gallagher – Eller – Bournival
Parros – Prust – Moen
Subban – Markov
Murray – Diaz
Emelin – Gorges
Therrien announced after practice that Carey Price will start in goal Saturday against the Islanders and that no decision has been made yet on who will be in goal against the Panthers Sunday. It looks like Ryan White and Francis Bouillon will be healthy scratches against the Islanders.
Alexei Emelin, who received a major penalty and a game misconduct for elbowing the Flyers’ Steve Downie at 16:45 of the second period Thursday, will not have an NHL hearing or be suspended for for his actions.
(Photo by Matt Slocum/Associated Press)