The Canadiens held an optional morning skate in Ottawa as they prepared to face the Senators Friday night (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Peter Budaj, who will start in goal, was on the ice along with Carey Price and they were joined by defenceman Josh Gorges. It marked the first time Gorges has skated with his teammates since being sidelined with a broken hand in early March.
Nathan Beaulieu, who was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs, also took part in the skate but will be a healthy scratch. Jarred Tinordi, who also took part in the skate, will take the place of Douglas Murray, who will serve the first game of his three-game suspension.
Coach Michel Therrien said he plans to use Beaulieu at some point.
“The goal is to make sure he’s ready,” Therrien told reporters in Ottawa. “For sure we’ll get him into a game, but I can’t tell you right now exactly when that will be. We’ll make sure that when he does play, he’s ready. If we think he’s ready to help us from now until the end of the season or into the playoffs, that’s when we’ll put him in the lineup.”
Others taking part in the skate were George Parros, Lars Eller, Andrei Markov, Brian Gionta, Michael Bournival, Mike Weaver, Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec, Douglas Murray, Daniel Briere, Rene Bourque, Ryan White, Alexei Emelin and Alex Galchenyuk.
Here’s how the Habs lines and defence pairings are expected to look against the Senators:
(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)