BROSSARD – The Canadiens trained at the Bell Sports Complex on Tuesday before heading to Boston to begin a seven-game road trip.
Here are the defensive lines and pairs presented on the skate:
|Tuesday January 11
|68 – Mike Hoffman||14 – Nick suzuki||62 – Artturi Lehkonen|
|92 – Jonathan drouin||28 – Christian Dvorak||40 – Joel armia|
|45 – Laurent Dauphin||25 – Ryan poehling||22 – Cole caufield|
|13 – Cedric Paquette||42 – Lukas Vejdemo||55 – Michel Pezzetta|
|73 – Tyler toffoli (No contact)||17 – Josh Anderson (No contact)|
|8 – Ben chiarot||58 – David Savard||34 – Jake allen|
|77 – Brett Kulak||26 – Jeff petry||35 – Sam Montembeault|
|15 – Sami niku||20 – Chris wideman|
|64 – Corey schueneman|
Winger Tyler Toffoli trained with the rest of the squad for the first time since undergoing hand surgery on December 11.
Toffoli wore a non-contact jersey, as did Josh Anderson.
Defenseman Jeff Petry was back in training after returning from his home in Michigan where he spent the last few weeks in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.
Michael Pezzetta was also back after completing his stint in the COVID-19 protocol.
For his part, the winger Brendan Gallagher was still away as he continues to recover from a lower body injury.
Who is in? Who went out ?
The Canadiens’ roster for Wednesday night’s game against the Bruins is still under construction.
During his post-workout press conference, head coach Dominique Ducharme confirmed that all players on the ice this morning – with the exception of Toffoli and Anderson – will be available at TD Garden, as well as those who will join the team in Boston, including the forwards. Brandon baddock and Jake evans, defenders Alexander Romanov and Louie belpedio, and goalkeeper Cayden Primeau, all of which come out of the COVID-19 protocol.
But, have any of these players just joined the squad ready to play? It remains to be seen.
“We will skate tomorrow morning and make decisions after that because we have to see what condition each of them is in,” said Ducharme. “With the guys coming to Boston they’re all available, but are they in optimal condition to play a game? Maybe not. We have to assess that.”
Video: Dominique Ducharme on the long road trip
Ducharme also indicated that Gallagher could return to the lineup at some point during the later stages of the trek, which also includes stops in Chicago (January 13), Glendale (January 17), Dallas (January 18), Las Vegas ( January 20), Denver (January 22) and Saint Paul (January 24).
Ducharme on Petry: “I like what I saw today”
Ducharme would love the chance to feature Petry on the blue line at Beantown, but Tuesday marked his first skate in several weeks, so his status is still pending.
Nonetheless, it looks like the veteran rearguard didn’t lose a step during their time out in the United States.
“He’s one of the guys that we’ll make a decision on tomorrow and talk to him to see how he feels, but I like what I saw today. He was moving well, he had a certain jump. in his skating and good energy. That’s how he is successful defensively and offensively, “explained Ducharme.” When Jeff is on his toes, when he’s moving well, he gets close to guys quickly, he kills fast plays , he makes solid plays with the puck and he supports the attack. For him it starts with that jump in his skate and playing on his toes. I’m just looking for him to come back to that and build his play from there . “
Video: Jeff Petry on his stay at home in Michigan
Montreal has certainly struggled on the road this year, compiling a 2-13-3 record so far in opposing territory.
To say the next two weeks will be painful is an understatement, but Ducharme believes his troops will benefit from the experience.
“We’re going to take it one game at a time. We have no choice. These are not ideal conditions for returning players, but we have no choice but to go day in and day out. on the day. Seven road games like this is a challenge, but after a break it could be a good thing too, “Ducharme said.” It could bring us together even more because we will be spending a lot of time. together. There’s not really much players can do at the moment, so they’ll be spending a lot of time together. We want to turn that into a positive and be successful. We want to come back with a winning record. “