Canadiens defenceman James Wisniewski arrives for practice with a wicked shiner, plenty of stitches and a jolly Habs pom-pom’d tuque for Saturday’s Heritage Classic practice at McMahon Stadium.
Image taken from Stubbs video
The Canadiens held a practice in the very, very cold air of Calgary’s McMahon Stadium at 11:30 local time today, getting their first look at the rink that will play host to the Heritage Classic vs. the Calgary Flames.
First order of business was a team photo, then players changed into practice jerseys and skated briskly through a workout. The Flames would follow a couple of hours later.
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They cover the Canadiens’ arrival – watch for the black-and-blue, stitched face of James Wisniewski at the end of the line, the Wiz having been hit in the face by a puck Thursday in Edmonton – through post-practice interviews with a number of players.
Wisniewski wore a cage for practice. A plastic shield would have fogged up in a few seconds in the morning’s minus-24 temperatures. Head coach Jacques Martin said Wiz will be re-evaluated Sunday morning, at which time a decision will be made on any participation in the 4 pm MT game.
After practice, the Habs returned defenceman Brendon Nash to the Hamilton Bulldogs after his two-game callup.