After the team had a day off on Monday, P.K. Subban was back on the ice with his Canadiens teammates in Brossard Tuesday morning as they prepared to face the Boston Bruins Wednesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).
The forward lines at practice were Max Pacioretty-David Desharnais-Erik Cole; Rene Bourque-Tomas Plekanec-Brian Gionta; Brandon Prust-Alex Galchenyuk-Brendan Gallagher; Travis Moen-Lars Eller/Ryan White-Colby Armstrong.
The defence pairings were: Andrei Markov-Alexei Yemelin; Josh Gorges-Raphael Diaz; Francis Bouillon-Subban; Tomas Kaberle-Yannick Webber.
After practice, coach Michel Therrien announced that Carey Price would start in goal against the Bruins and that there wouldn’t be any changes to the lineup that won back-to-back games on the weekend against Buffalo and Ottawa.
Meanwhile, the Colorado Avalanche claimed forward Aaron Palushaj on waivers Tuesday. The Canadiens had acquired Palushaj from the St. Louis Blues in March 2010 in exchange for Matt D’Agostini. Palushaj tweeted: “Would like to thank the Canadiens/Hamilton Bulldogs organization and fans for everything. Very happy and excited to join #Colorado #Avs”
Subban is coming off a good first weekend of work after signing his new two-year contract last week. He picked up two assists, was plus-2 and averaged 16:44 of ice time.
However, Hockey Night in Canada’s P.J. Stock believes Subban continues to be a very square peg in a dressing room full of round holes.
The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs disagrees, writing: “Stock’s opinion, delivered on a national stage, was pure gibberish that mistakenly could shape the belief of many viewers that there’s a gulf the width of the St. Lawrence River dividing Subban and his teammates.”
(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)