P.K. Subban was once again under the media microscope on Friday, following Thursday’s eventful 5-2 win over the New York Islanders, during which he was benched during the second period, then scored two goals.
In his post-game interview Thursday, Subban was uncharacteristically moody and he faced the microphones again after practice Friday in Brossard as the Canadiens prepared to face the Buffalo Sabres Saturday at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
“He’s a player that responded well to the message we sent him,” coach Michel Therrien said. “He played an excellent third period.”
Subban told reporters Friday that Therrien has been great for him as a player.
“I’ve enjoyed playing for him,” the defenceman said. “He brings out the best in his players.”
Ryan White will miss Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury and the Canadiens called up Michael Blunden from the Hamilton Bulldogs to take his spot. The Canadiens also claimed Jeff Halpern off NHL waivers from the New York Rangers on Saturday. Halpern played with the Canadiens during the 2010-11 season, posting 11-15-26 totals in 72 games. In 30 games with the Rangers this season he had one assist and was minus-5.
The lines at Saturday’s morning skate were: Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta; Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher; Galchenyuk-Eller-Armstrong; Moen-Dumont-Blunden. Defence pairings were: Markov-Emelin; Gorges-Subban; Bouillon-Tinordi. Carey Price will start in goal.
Brandon Prust (shoulder) and Rene Bourque (concussion) did not skate Saturday morning, but Yannick Weber (knee) did.
Saturday’s game will be Travis Moen’s 600th in the NHL.
The latest episode of the 24CH reality-TV show with a behind-the-scenes look at the Habs airs at 6 p.m. Saturday on RDS and will be repeated at 10:30 p.m.
(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)