Tinordi teams up with Gorges on Habs’ penalty-kill unit

The Canadiens were back on the ice Sunday morning in Brossard as they prepare for Tuesday’s season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

The Canadiens devoted most of the practice to special teams, both the power play and penalty kill. Defenceman Josh Gorges said the PK has to be better after ranking 23rd in the NHL last year.

Jarred Tinordi (photo above) will be lining up with Gorges on the PK and says he will use his size to his advantage. That means not only battling with guys down low, but also occasionally channeling Hal Gill and lying down on the job.

“We have to be better this year,” Gorges said. “As good as we ended up as a whole, the penalty-kill was brutal. If we can improve on that, that’s going to help us have even more success. The PK is important in today’s game and it’s something we have to take pride in.”

Said Tinordi: “It’s something I’m comfortable doing. I’m playing with (Gorges) and we’re comfortable together. I played on the PK last year and in the playoffs.”

The alignment the past two days indicates that Tinordi and George Parros will both be in the lineup against the Leafs on Tuesday. Tinordi has been lining up with Francis Bouillon as the No. 3 defensive pairing with Douglas Murray as the seventh defenceman. And Parros has a spot on the fourth line with Travis Moen and Brandon Prust. The extra forwards are Ryan White and rookie Michael Bournival.

The only players not on the ice Sunday were injured defencemen Alexei Emelin and Davis Drewiske.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at practice:

Pacioretty – Desharnais – Brière
Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
Galchenyuk – Eller – Gallagher
Moen – Prust – Parros
White – Bournival

Markov – Diaz
Bouillon – Tinordi
Gorges – Subban
Murray

The Canadiens will be back on the ice at 11 a.m. Monday in Brossard.

(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)

Canadiens working on special teams, by Pat Hickey

Price should have a great year, by Jack Todd

Habs in high spirits, Canadiens.com

Post-practice videos, Canadiens.com

Habs have something to build on, NHL.com

NHL Preview: Canadiens Outlook (video), TSN.ca

Atlantic Division Preview, SI.com

Waivers busy as teams prepare for season, montrealgazette.com

Bulldogs release four, assign three, hamiltonbulldogs.com

322 Comments

  1. SteverenO says:

    Who would you rather have on the Powerplay?

    Ribeiro or Ovechkin?

    even strength play is not to be considered.

    I would guess that most people would instantly say , Ovechkin, hands down, right?

    Acutually , its wrong.

    Last year Ribeiro “batted” .463 on the PP,
    Ovechkin”s success rate was .363 .

    Ribeiro was SIGNIFICANTLY more effective than Ovechkin on the Capitals PP last season.

    Just a bit if trivia for the “stats” fans out there.

    regards,

    Steve O.

  2. Danno says:

    “Parros is a big bastard isn’t he?”

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  3. frontenac1 says:

    @sportsfan. No kidding eh? It’s not like we have a lot of Physical D to step up. Unreal!

  4. Sportfan says:

    The Murray news is depressing

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  5. Sportfan says:

    Doing a random fantasy draft I never get to pick first :( I’m always at the bottom.

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  6. frontenac1 says:

    Upper Body? Effin Perfect!

  7. frontenac1 says:

    WTF?! I thought Murray was on ice practicing today?

  8. slyCH says:

    Just got a push from my RDS APP, Murray out 4 to 6 weeks to start season on IR…
    http://www.rds.ca/hockey/canadiens/murray-absent-%C3%A0-long-terme-1.666701

  9. frontenac1 says:

    The new”Kinder,Gentler ” Torts? Don’t buy it amigos! I give him 4 games tops before he loses his sh#t, his eyes bug out and those veins pop out of his head.

  10. --Habs-- says:

    My first question about tomorrow nights game! Who will hold Kessel back against Prust…..You know a guy more along his size?

    Go HABS Go

  11. Sportfan says:

    @Matty not sure if Eli will be there, I know Saturday they are honoring the 1994 team.

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  12. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Out of curiosity, a season and a half later (and now that the picks are sorted), how do you all feel about the Cammy trade?

    Cammy, Ramo, Ryan Culkin (5th rounder in ’12) for Bourque, Patrick Holland and Fucale

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I said from the get go that it was a good trade. Bourque was one of our best players in the playoffs last year and the rest is gravy. Not to mention the cap relief

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Timo says:

      I don’t think either team could tell a difference at this time.

      • Ghosts of the Forum says:

        Inclined to agree — Bourque and Cammy are probably a wash. Cammy more expensive, but less term (and if he has a half decent season the Flames can flip him for something pretty half decent at the deadline, especially given his production in the playoffs in ’10 &’11).

        The key will most likely be Fucale. If he develops into a bonafide number one, could be looked back upon as a great trade for the Habs. But we won’t know that for several years

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Ramo may be the wild card, he has apparantly been pretty good in pre-season and could be the starting goalie for the Flames this season.

      If he has a strong season, the trade looks completely different.

      But it sounded like he only wanted to be in the NHL with a team giving him a legit chance to be the starter, that is a limitation on what teams he would go to.

      • B says:

        Ramo’s pre season save% was .897, Berra’s was .892, both played 3 pre season games for Calgary (Berra with a little more TOI).

        –Go Habs Go!–

      • Ghosts of the Forum says:

        Even if Ramo turns out to be a decent #1, I don’t think that hurts the Habs too much (as far as ‘winning the trade’). Ramo is older than Fucale and never would’ve contended for a starting job with Montreal unless Price completely falls off the map.

  13. Sportfan says:

    Watching the Duthie/Torts interview its pretty good nice to see Torts not PO’d

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  14. HabinBurlington says:

    Just read through the thread, thanks Matty, I had no idea it was only Carey Price who was going to have to make adjustments to the new pad sizes. I was convinced it was a league wide rule change. I am with you, I don’t see us winning a game!


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