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
The Canadiens will be back on the ice at 11 a.m. Monday in Brossard.
(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)